What to Wear to Wimbledon

2 Colored Gemstones You Should Know For Your Courtside Cocktail Rings

2 Colored Gemstones Eva Gems and Jewels

How to style your Wimbledon appearance? While the players perform in their obligatory “all-white dress”, you can ignore that rule and add some hot hues to your looks instead. Keep your outfit casually elegant and elevate your courtside appearance with a Chic Cocktail Tanzanite or an Electric Paraiba Tourmaline gemstone: 2 gemstones that are especially suited to shine as centre stone in a cocktail ring.

Uplevel your social appearances...

One week into Wimbledon, you’ll probably have your outfit sorted for your courtside appearances (I hope!) but have you thought about the finishing touch? Here’s where the cocktail ring enters the stage, a technicolor cocktail ring that is. One that will have eyes glued to it when you raise your Pimm’s or dive into your strawberries and cream.

There are gemstones and then there are Gemstones. With a capital. 

You’ve probably heard of most of the gemstones in the first category: the blue topaz, the (purple) amethyst, the (yellow or orange) citrine. Oh and uh, the diamond. To name a few. (OK, I’m being mean here to the diamond but I fear that any diamond below 3 to 4 ct and of average quality - that is, of average color, clarity and cut - is not rare and belongs to the gemstone category)... 

Gemstones. With a capital. Different story. 

Their beauty, rarity and overall quality make them stand out from the gemstone crowd. They make you stand out. 

Read on to discover why the Tanzanite and Paraiba Tourmaline gemstones are especially great investments as cocktail ring gemstones and for styling tips & tricks.

Chic Cocktail Tanzanite

The history of Tanzanites

Introduced by Tiffany’s in 1968, this relatively young violetish blue gemstone is not only incredibly rare but also immensely beautiful. And, she celebrates her 50th anniversary this year!

“Tanzanite is the first transparent deep blue gemstone to be discovered in more than 2,000 years,” a Tiffany vice president told a journalist of the Times reporter in 1969. 

Except for the blue sapphire which has been mined since Egyptian times, there never was another blue gemstone even coming close to the highly coveted (and highly priced…) blue sapphire until the discovery of the Tanzanite. 

First mistaken for a blue sapphire when a Masai tribesman was said to have stumbled across it, it soon became apparent that this was a whole different gemstone species. So, that was a big gemstone moment. 

And in only 50 years, the stone became the second most popular blue gemstone, after the blue sapphire. This fast rise was possible because of its beauty and Tiffany’s promotion behind it. 

Tanzanite

Tiffany’s could have named the stone ‘blue zoisite’ which is the proper name of the species and variety but they decided to rename it after the only country where the gemstone is mined, Tanzania, as they thought this would be easier to market. 

Still today, the stone is only produced commercially in one small area of Tanzania: in the hills of Merelani in northern Tanzania close to Mount Kilimanjaro.

How rare are Tanzanites?

Tanzanites are considered about a thousand times more rare than the average diamond.

What makes Tanzanites so unique?

Tanzanites are intriguing not only because of their exquisite blue hue but also because of a fun feature they possess called ‘pleochroism’ - meaning ‘many colors’ in Greek. This means that a Tanzanite can display different colors depending on the angle you look at it! Its main colors are blue and violet, but you may also see purple, green and red from different directions. 

Good to know

Why is this stone better for a cocktail ring?

Tanzanite has something they call ‘perfect cleavage’, meaning that a single blow could cause the stone to split (like diamonds and topaz actually!). In addition, its hardness on Mohs Scale of Hardness of 6 - 7 doesn’t make it suitable to wear as an everyday ring, so save this gorgeous stone for special occasions, like Wimbledon and wear it as a cocktail ring (life’s hard, I know).

You can easily wear Tanzanites everyday as earrings or a necklace as they tend to absorb less blows than a ring.

How to style your Tanzanite for a casually elegant event?

Blue Tanzanite Shape
Casually elegant event styled with Tanzanite Wimbeldon-Mood-Board-3

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My fine Tanzanite gemstones and rings are perfect for the discerning woman who has a filled social calendar and who loves the classic “blue of the ocean with shades of the midnight sky and flashes of violet,” as said by Melvyn Kirtley, the chief gemologist at Tiffany & Co.

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Neon Turquoise Paraiba Tourmaline

The history of Paraiba tourmalines

Paraiba Tourmaline is an even younger - and some say - an even more extraordinary gemstone than Tanzanite. Purely because of its intense bright color that makes that the stone seems to glow from within. The colors can be in blue, green, violet, bluish green and to some, the stone’s color can even appear fake, it’s that striking. Plus the fact that the stone is so rare, that practically nobody in your social circle will have ever seen it… so what do you make of that?

Tourmaline

The moment the stone was discovered in 1989 in the state of Paraiba, Brazil, gem dealers across the world went wild. This resulted in the per carat price going up immediately as well. The mine in Brazil was exhausted shortly after and although now new material has been discovered in Nigeria and Mozambique, this gemstone belongs to the most valuable ones in the world. Prices climbed quickly to $10,000 / Ct

A good fit for your Wimbledon look, I’d say.

How rare are Paraiba Tourmalines?

For every 10,000 diamonds that are mined, they find 1 gem quality Paraiba tourmaline. And to find a Paraiba tourmaline in good quality from Brazil over 3ct is virtually impossible today.

What makes Paraiba Tourmalines so unique?

Its remarkable neon color is caused by the trace elements of copper and manganese. Copper often creates a wonderful fluorescent and almost unreal depth to a gemstone. And although copper appears in more gemstones, it doesn’t appear in any other tourmaline variety, only in the Paraiba tourmaline.

What makes Paraiba Tourmalines so unique?

Why is this stone better for a cocktail ring?

Paraiba Tourmaline is a good 'hard' stone - so, it doesn’t scratch easily - but it commonly can be included (in other words, it has inclusions inside the stone), which makes it more fragile. Because of this, a Paraiba tourmaline is best worn as a cocktail ring on special occasions, like your appearance in the Wimbledon crowds.

It can easily be worn every day as earrings or a necklace as they tend to absorb fewer blows than a ring.

How to style your Paraiba Tourmaline for a casually elegant event?

Tourmaline
Paraiba Tourmaline Casual Elegant event Wimbeldon-Mood-Board-

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My Paraiba Tourmaline gemstones and rings are perfect for the avant-garde woman who has a filled social calendar and likes to jump in her swimming pool-like gemstone!

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Curious to discover my Paraiba cocktail rings?  Contact us or read more on Paraiba Tourmalines.



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