December Birthstones – Turquoise and Tanzanite

Turquoise

Turquoise was discovered buried in ancient Egyptian tombs dating to 4,000 BC making it one of the oldest known gemstones.  Ancient Egyptians referred to the stone as “Mefkat” which means joy and delight.   In Tibet, turquoise is the national gemstone.  It is believed to promote good health, bring good fortune and provide protection from evil. 

In the American Southwest, turquoise has been used for ceremonies, as a form of currency to trade with and to create the beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry associated with the Native American populations originally and in the last 50+ years has been used extensively by jewelry designers worldwide.

While turquoise is evaluated by its purity of color, without matrix of the host rock, sometimes the matrix is what makes a piece of turquoise so amazing and beautiful. 

The blue color of turquoise is caused by copper, greenish blue turquoise is caused by copper and iron. 

Meral Sartekin and Halil Kelim
Meral Sartekin and Halil Kelim

Tanzanite

Tanzanite gets its name from Tanzania where it was discovered in the late 1960s by a Portuguese prospector.  Its color, a rich medium dark bluish-purple quickly became a favorite for collectors.

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HOLIDAY HOURS - COME SHOP WITH US!

Wednesday, Dec 15 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, Dec 16 - Saturday, Dec 18 - 10:00 - 5:30
Tuesday, Dec 21 - Thursday, Dec 23 10:00 - 5:30
Friday, Dec 24 (Christmas Eve) 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

 NO APPOINTMENTS necessary....come in for a cup of coffee and a gingersnap.

OUR CASES ARE FILLED WITH BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY. WE ALSO HAVE A LARGE GIFT GALLERY THIS YEAR TO EXPLORE...

 As always, we remain committed to providing jewelry and watch repair services in a timely manner. However, during this holiday season, most jewelry repairs will be scheduled for two weeks as we help our clients find just the right gifts for giving. We will make exceptions for a premium. Normal service schedules will resume after the holidays.

To schedule an appointment, please send your email request to: ViirInc@gmail.com -- we respond quickly to all emails. You may also leave a message at our store: 520-795-5496, but those messages are only checked Wednesday through Friday.

 

Appointments

If you have an estate or multiple items for appraisal or if you would like to create a custom design, we ask that you schedule an appointment so that we can give you our unhurried attention.

To schedule an appointment, please call the store at 520-795-5496 and leave a message OR send us an email at ViirInc@gmail.com and we will get back to you more quickly. You can also send a contact request through this website.

Email: viirinc@gmail.com
Telephone: 520-795-5496
Address: 2464 N. Campbell Avenue (Parking is available behind the building)

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2464 N. Campbell Avenue
(Parking available behind building)