Floral necklace with tanzanite and diamonds.

A necklace with a larkspur flower

Autor: Piotr Zieliński

In 1967, in northern Tanzania, a member of the Maasai tribe encountered bright blue crystals protruding from the ground. Experts suspected that a new deposit of sapphires was discovered at that time. However, after careful examination of the samples, it turned out that it is a previously unknown mineral with a color similar to sapphire, but characterized by a high coefficient of pleochroism - the phenomenon of color change depending on the polarization of light passing through the crystal, which in this case gives the effect of changing the blue to violet color.

It is the amazing phenomenon of pleochroism that makes tanzanite a unique stone that gives the jewelry a mysterious and fairy-tale expression.

To take full advantage of this potential, I have designed a larkspur necklace. It is a plant that has either blue or purple petals, depending on the area of occurrence.

Projekt naszyjnika w kształcie kwiatu ostróżki.

I started the process with the preparation of a drawing in which the central flower is surrounded by leaf-shaped links, additionally sprinkled with stones appearing in the central setting. Tanzanite for this project was purchased in a mine located in the legendary Merelani Hills, where the mineral was discovered. The raw material then traveled a long way to Jaipur, India, which is today's capital of colored stone cutters. There, the raw minerals were transformed into diamond proportions gems and then sent to my studio.

The next step was to choose a set of diamonds and set all the stones in yellow gold. The entire process from drawing to the finished product took several weeks, but the end result exceeded the customer's expectations.

Finished, bespoke necklade made by hand in 14k gold.


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