The lore of opals is plentiful, just like the variety of colors found in this fascinating, kaleidoscopic gem. The Romans believed it was the most powerful of gems and named the stone "opalus". The Greeks thought opals gave them the power of prediction. Europeans saw a symbol of hope, purity and truth. One famous opal "The Burning of Troy" was given by Napoleon to Josephine.
Internal diffraction is what creates the colors you see in an opal and provides its shimmering iridescence. The colors dependent on the size of the silica spheres within the stone. Small spheres show blue, the largest show red and other colors too. The value is determined by the amount of color play within the stone although for many the colors and patterns favored are personal taste.
Neopolitan Opal™ comes from only one mine - the new Yahwah mine in Ethiopia - and features an intriguing play of background colors combined with a captivating iridescence which blends deliciously with Le Vian® flavors of gold and diamonds, especially Strawberry Gold® and Chocolate Diamonds®
Tanzanite was discovered in 1967 and named for the only area in which it is found - Tanzania, Africa. What makes this gem so popular is its vivid color, high clarity and tri-chronic qualities (it shows different colors when viewed in different directions). Le Vian® loved the lush flavor of tanzanite so much that, in the 80s, the company imported over 50% of tanzanite to the U.S. Today, that stockpile which best displays a unique chorus of tri-chronic blue. pink and purple flavors are sweet Blueberry Tanzanite® - the 2015 Gem of the Year.
Among the world's most famous tanzanite designs are the $2 million tanzanite and diamond evening sandals created by Le Vian® which feature over 185-carats of museum quality oval, cushion-cut and tear drop shaped tanzanite ranging from 6 to 16 carats. The shoes won the "Fashion Accessories" category in The Tanzanite Foundation's Celebration of Life Jewelry Design Awards.