December's birthstone - Tanzanite
In 1967, violet blue crystals of the mineral zoisite were discovered in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. These intensely colored crystals were extraordinarily beautiful and propelled zoisite into the ranks of the important gem minerals.
In 1968, Tiffany & Co. marketed the new zoisite gem under the name of tanzanite, to honor its single-source availability and its East African birthplace. Since its discovery, tanzanite has steadily increased in popularity.
The most valuable tanzanite gemstones are a deep sapphire blue color with highlights of intense violet. All tanzanite gemstones originate from the area where they were initially discovered in Tanzania, where they are mined from metamorphosed limestone.
All I want for Christmas is...
Walking in the annual Victoria’s Secret show, which is watched by millions of people worldwide, is already considered the greatest honour in lingerie modelling. And this year the honours go to 23-year-old Candice Swanepoel.
The $ 10 million Royal Fantasy Bra, designed by Mouawad, is adorned with over 4,200 precious gems from around the world including rubies, diamonds, and yellow sapphires. Hand set in 18 carat gold, the bra also features a 52 carat, pear shaped centre ruby.
Colour of the year 2014: Radiant Orchid
Pantone's Radiant Orchid is the 2014 colour of the Year
Carlstadt, N.J.–based Pantone colour Institute has just announced its 2014 colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid.
Pantone's colour No. 18-3224 “blooms with confidence and warmth” and is “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple,” according to the company.
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, told the media this morning that while Emerald, last year’s choice, “served as a symbol of growth, renewal, and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.… Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality…inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health.”
Radiant Orchid appeared in the spring 2014 runway shows of Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture, and Yoana Baraschi for its “rosy undertones that radiate on the skin,” stated Pantone in a release. The colour will be important to fine jewelers because they need to know how to help consumers wearing Radiant Orchid–coloured clothes effectively colour-block their jewellery and accessories.
Previous colours of the Year:
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)