01Jun Tantalizing Tanzanite
In my last post I mentioned that I was looking forward to trying some new things with the help of Jewellery maker. I had been hoping to have delivered that post within a couple of weeks, but unfortunately a minor cyst removal operation had a small complication which resulted in a longer stay in hospital and made me feel rubbish for a lot longer than I'd anticipated. I also had an epidural on my back to hopefully help heal my bulgey disc, which fingers crossed, seems to have eased some of the pain. So, apart from tiring easily I'm well on the road to recovery.
So on to Tanzanite, it arrived well packaged, and the strand came complete with a beautiful blue tassel... In my haste though I forgot to take a picture, so keen was I to get started with these incredibly coloured stones. Tanzanite is an incredibly rare stone that's only found in Tanzania (hence the name). It was first discovered in 1967 and the name Tanzanite was suggested by no other than Tiffany & Co and they were the first to present the stone to the jewellery buying public. So you can see why I was so excited about working with these beautiful blue/purple stones.
I've done some simple wire wrapping with the stones, and I mean simple, I am very much still learning. But here are a few pieces that I came up with.
I didn't do my research very well sadly....I didn't realise that Tanzanite isn't particularly hard, I only discovered this when I snapped a few of the stones while I was working with them. To say I was gutted was an understatement, still I learned from my mistakes and was more careful when twisting the wire around the channels.
So, thanks to Jewellery Maker for giving me the chance to work with the gems I've always wanted to have a play with and thank you for reading! I'm going to link this post up with Handmade Monday over at Handmade Harbour. A great place to see some wonderful crafts.
Bye for now