Wednesday, April 20, 2011
of kind extraordinary gemstone. A rare of a kind that you can
ne of kind extraordinary gemstone. A rare of a kind that you can see in only one place worldwide. It is blue, surrounded by a fine hint of purple, an exotic color.
Tanzanite is named after the East African state of Tanzania, the only place in the world where it can be found. Why in Africa? It is because Africa is a continent which provides the world with numerous and magnificent gemstones, like for example tanzanite and other gemstones thahances are you can name your birthstone, but have you ever wondered how certain stones came to be associated with particular months? Most gem scholars trace the tradition to the Old Testament story of Aaron, whose breastplate was decorated with twelve precious stones, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Over time, these stones were linked with certain powers and tied to particular astrological signs, and later to calendar months.
There are many variations of birthstone lists, including Mystical birthstones, which originate from Tibet and date back over a thousand years, and Ayurvedic birthstones, associated with ancient Indian medicine and beliefs. Birthstones have also been tied to ancient Pagan religions, and even to the collective wisdom of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.
The Modern birthstone list, perhaps the most universally known, was released by the American National Association of Jewelers and officially adopted in 1912. Whether you embrace birthstone lore, or look upon it with a skeptical eye, there is an undeniable appeal to collecting a beautiful gems,tone th,at is reput,ed to ho,ld special power, meaning, and goo,d fortune just for,, you.t includes the diamond