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Max-Line collection offers men’s wedding band designs set in palladium, a rare luxurious white metal that resembles platinum. This lightweight metal is hard-wearing, hypoallergenic, resistant to corrosion, oxidation and tarnishing, making it perfect for everyday wear. Palladium has a unique lustre which is visible in the Max-Line collection as it contains 95% pure palladium. This is much higher pure metal content than the current gold content of 75% used in 18k gold. " >
solitaire tanzanite rings, microset tanzanite and diamond rings, Tanzanite earrings and pendants, Shimansky’s Ayanda – the Queen of Tanzanite collection comprises beautiful tanzanite jewellery creations set with diamonds in modern yet timeless designs that celebrate this truly African gem. Shimansky has unique tanzanite earings and tanzanite ring designs to choose from. Our tanzanite rings make great anniversary gifts.
Ayanda – The Queen of Tanzanite is a range of exceptional quality tanzanite jewellery sourced direct from the Maasai tribe and exclusively hand crafted by Shimansky. All of our tanzanite is certified in accordance with the Tanzanite International Grading Standard, so you can be assured your creation is the rarest of the rare. Featuring solitaire tanzanite rings, microset tanzanite and diamond rings, Tanzanite earrings and pendants, Shimansky’s Ayanda – the Queen of Tanzanite collection comprises beautiful tanzanite jewellery creations set with diamonds in modern yet timeless designs that celebrate this truly African gem. Shimansky has unique tanzanite earrings and tanzanite ring designs to choose from. Our tanzanite rings make great anniversary gifts.
Tanzanite is a blue-to-violet or purple variety of the mineral zoisite. It is named after Tanzania, the country that it was discovered in 1967. It is found near Mount Kilimanjaro in the hills of Merelani in northern Tanzania.
Tanzanite is exceptionally rare, in fact, it is believed that within 10 – 12 years no more gem quality tanzanite will be found. Tanzanite is the investment of the 21 Century. Due to the increasing demand for Tanzanite and with the source of the stone limited to a single generation only a few fortunate enough that either own tanzanite already or will have a tanzanite in the near future will be the only first time owners. Tanzanite jewellery and tanzanite stones will become precious family heirlooms.
The 4 C’s of Tanzanite
Tanzanite is pleochroic, it shows three different colours when viewed from different angles.
Colour: Deep blue is tanzanite’s most valuable colour. Brilliant tanzanites display an extreme violetish blue with red flashes of pleochroic colour. As with any gem, paler coloured gems are more affordable. The dominance in colour (blue dominant or violet dominant) depends on how the gem is cut and polished from the long or short axis of the crystal shaped rough tanzanite. Clarity: Tanzanite is graded in a similar way than diamonds. It ranges from Internally Flawless (IF) to Included (I). The less natural inclusions the more rare and valuable the tanzanite is.
Eye-visible inclusions and any inclusions that might pose durability problems - like fractures - lower tanzanite value greatly.
IF - Internally Flawless
VVS - Very Very Slight Inclusions (not visible under a 6x loupe)
VS - Very Slight Inclusions (not visible under a 6x loupe)
SI - Slightly Included (not visible under a 6x loupe)
I - Included (Visible to the eye)
Cut: The overall cut of a tanzanite stone affects the brilliance and the value of the stone. Tanzanite come in various shapes but cushion and oval cuts are the most common. Cutting to highlight a tanzanite’s bluish purple colour wastes less rough instead of cutting the gem to get a pure blue or violet colour.
Carat Weight: The larger the tanzanite the more brilliant the colour. Usually your gem needs to be larger than 5 carats to get a brilliant blue.