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Cartier Tanzanite Snake Earrings
ABOUT THESE EARRINGS
Glorious blue stones, discovered by herdsmen near the Merelani Hills in Tanzania after a wildfire, soon fell into the hands of a merchant named Manuel D'Souza. Though initially mistaken for sapphires, the British Museum and Harvard University confirmed that the stone was, in fact, an unknown gemstone and named it blue zoisite. Fortunately, when Tiffany & Co., purveyors of beautiful things, recognized the appeal of the gem, it was renamed Tanzanite to reflect its origin and was introduced to the public in 1968. These intriguing lobe-hugging jewels by Cartier are exquisitely designed as coiled serpents with glistening violet-blue pear-shaped Tanzanites (total weight, 4.90 carats) topping their heads, while gleaming turquoise eyes and a scalar textured finish add distinctive details. Fascinating beauties. Crafted in 18K gold. Accompanied by a Cartier box and certificate of authenticity NY2006-36 stating "Cartier London 1970."