Were you lucky enough to be born in December? According to the American Gem Society, this month is the only one that has three official birthstones – tanzanite, turquoise and zircon. Whether you collect just one or combine all three stunning gemstones in your jewelry wardrobe, those of you born under the zodiac signs of Sagittarius or fake cartier jewelry Capricorn have plenty to celebrate. Here are the ABCs on T, T and Zs:
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Tanzanite and Diamond Bracelet
Photo Courtesy the Tanzanite Foundation
Tanzanite — A relatively young gemstone, Tanzanite was discovered in the 1960s in Tanzania, in Southeast Africa. Tanzanite is prized for its rich violet-blue color and it is sometimes heat-treated to achieve this hue. Colors range from blue to purple, but tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet-blue command the highest prices. Because tanzanite tends to be less expensive than sapphire, it is often purchased as an alternative to the precious gem. However, it has increased in popularity and now is valued more for its own beauty and brilliance than as a sapphire substitute.
Turquoise and Sterling Earrings $39.90
Turquoise — On the other hand, van cleef arpels replica jewelry turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones, originating in the 13th century. The word “turquoise” derives from the French word for “Turkish” and dates to the 16th century when it was first brought from Turkey to Europe. Turquoise varies in color from greenish-blue to robin’s egg blue to sky-blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent to opaque. Turquoise is frequently mixed with sterling silver in styles that feature beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays. Over the past five or six decades, turquoise jewelry’s popularity has ebbed and flowed with fashion’s trends. Today, turquoise is not only a perennial favorite in the American Southwest, where it is found in abundance, it is also a staple of jewelry and accessories designers worldwide.
Swarovski Crystal and Aquamarine Blue Zircon Ring
Zircon — Derived from the Arabic words “zar” and “gun,” meaning gold and color, zircon is found in a wide range of colors beyond gold, including blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, colorless, and red (the most prized). Colorless zircon is sometimes used in making imitation diamonds, but it should not be confused with cubic zirconia (CZ). Legend has it that hermes jewelry replica zircon can relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from injury, and prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep. The major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin area of Cambodia, and the southern part of Vietnam.
Tell us which of these December birthstones you collect…and consider branching out to all three in the year to come. Happy Birthday from !
Wondering what is the best way to clean these gorgeous December birthstones? Here is some jewelry cleaning advice for turquoise, tanzanite and zircon.
Diamonds and Art Deco Jewels Star at Christie’s and Sotheby’s
52.58-carat D-color Internally Flawless Golconda Diamond sold for $10.9 million at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale December 10
If all you wanted for Christmas is an Art Deco diamond bracelet, you’re not alone. I sincerely hope our Secret Santas were in New York City last week. On consecutive days, crosstown rivals Christie’s and Sotheby’s staged their annual December fine jewelry auctions, both called “Magnificent Jewels.” Christie’s, located in Rockefeller Center, was up first with an all-day sale on December 10 featuring 500 lots. It garnered close to $66 million, including $10.9 million for 52.58-carat D-color internally flawless Golconda diamond and over $2 million for a Cartier Art Deco diamond and gemstone bracelet. On December 11, at Sotheby’s on York Avenue, sales topped $60 million, led by a 61-carat Colombian emerald ring which fetched $4.6 million, and five rare Egyptian-Revival jewels by Cartier totaling $2.3 million.
Art Deco Tutti Frutti Bracelet
Art Deco Tutti Frutti Bracelet by Cartier
featured on Christie’s December
Magnificent Jewels Sales Catalog
Of particular 18k gold cartier jewelry replica sale interest to me — and I know many fans will agree — is this magnificent Art Deco Diamond and Multi-Gem “Tutti Frutti” Bracelet by Cartier, the catalog cover star of the Christie’s auction. The eclectic masterpiece was described as: “An old European-cut diamond band set with a series of oval shaped jade cabochons with carved ruby and sapphire leaves, enhanced by black onyx vine detail, joined by an old European-cut diamond plaque set with a star sapphire, mounted in platinum, circa 1930, 7 ins. in a Cartier red leather case, signed Cartier, no. 2818791.” Phew…I’ll take it! One lucky collector did, after spirited bidding, and although the pre-sale estimate was $300,000 to $500,000 the bracelet was sold for a staggering $2,045,000 – a world record for a Cartier Art Deco Tutti Frutti piece.
Egyptian-Revival Jeweled Brooch
Egyptian Revival Jeweled Brooch
featured at the Sotheby’s Sale
Also by Cartier, this Egyptian-Revival Faience and Jeweled Brooch is one of five stunning examples of the period that starred in the Sotheby’s sale. It was estimated to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000, but it fetched $1,025,000!
Here is the catalog description: “Designed as an Egyptian fan, or flabellum, centering an ancient green glazed faience bust of the van cleef arpels jewellery UK goddess Sekhmet, depicted with a solar disc and a uraeus (cobra) upon her head, set against a lapis lazuli sky twinkling with diamond stars bordered by a black enamel aureole and repeating diamond-set stylized lotus motif, all surmounting a stylized lotus blossom; set in platinum and 18 karat gold with a total of 11 single-cut and 89 old European-cut diamonds; the back of the brooch fitted with an 18 karat gold crook, a symbol of state power in Egypt when held by the pharaohs in conjunction with a flail, placed as the connecting support element for the faience relic, signed Cartier Londres, numbered S.L 7353; circa 1923. With original fitted box stamped Cartier.”
Our studies show that Art Deco jewelry and snake-motif jewelry were two of your favorite topics at in 2018. I’ll be sure to research more auction news on these two subjects and keep you posted in the months ahead.