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Tanzanite, the December birthstone…

Tanzanite is a fascinating blue stone discovered fairly recently. A variety of zoisite with a very peculiar blue-violet colour, its discovery dates from January 1967 by a miner named Ndugu Jumanne Ngoma. A fabulous story: on his way to visit his family, his attention is caught by very transparent and shiny crystals looking like rough tourmaline. A few hours later, the man has picked up from the ground several kilos of the stone, fascinated by the magnificent colour. He tries to sell it but at that time no one is interested. Eventually, the discovery is attributed to Manuel De Souza, who is the first to commercialise the stone one year later. The gem’s value was recognised by the Maison Tiffany & Co in 1968, naming it tanzanite as a tribute to its country of origin. Close to the colour of the amethyst, the gem  also has a bluish colour deep as sapphire. It may also appear pink, due to its natural and intense pleochroism which makes the stone fascinating. Moreover because it is found in …

TAJAN jewellery auction: interview with the Expert!

The TAJAN auction sale for jewellery and watches will take place on 13 and 14 December at the Tajan’s in Paris. The auction house TAJAN has launched the Paris Precious Week on December 8, 2016 with a series of events ending with a prestigious auction dedicated to jewellery and watches, there will be 3 sessions following several days of exhibition. To know more about this auction, I met the in-house Expert, Mr. Jean-Norbert Salit in their private salons in Paris (37, rue des Mathurins). Jean Norbert Salit, you are the jewellery expert for Tajan, a large French auction house, how did you become an expert? Ever since I was a kid I knew that I wanted to work in Art! At the age of 18, I began spending time at Drouot Auction Sales and at age 23 I obtained my Diploma to the functions of Auctioneer. My life is made of encounters. I was lucky to meet Françoise Cailles, a great specialist of jeweller René Boivin, we were associates until the year 2000. I then joined …