I received a Facebook message back in late September from a lady named Wendy. Her sense of humour grabbed my attention when she jokingly offered her husband or grandchildren in exchange for Item 7, the alto saxophone. Not surprisingly, Wendy quickly retracted her offer…with her tongue still planted firmly in-cheek!
‘…oh wait, that’s illegal, and the sax was be for my Husband’s 60th birthday so after 35 years I’d like to keep him…well maybe not after he starts playing it…’
Jokes aside, Wendy had recently booked a Cruise holiday for her husband’s 60th, but unfortunately that had been cancelled. So Wendy was looking for a meaningful gift for her husband, a keen amateur musician.
‘He took up yodeling about 6 months ago and I think we’re all done with that… now he’s obsessed with getting a saxophone!’
‘This is what I have to swap…’
It’s a 1.14 carat Tanzanite stone.
Personally, I’d never heard of Tanzanite before so I did two things:
- I Googled it, and discovered Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967 and is found in just one place on Earth in Northern Tanzania. The mines are all located in an area of about eight square miles in the Merelani Hills, near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and the city of Arusha. For this reason, Tanzanite is considered rarer than diamonds.
- I called the company who issued the certificate of authenticity and quoted the ID code. They confirmed the attributes of this exact stone , and also were able to explain what they meant, such as the measure of clarity for this particular stone, and how each stone was graded. (The lady was super helpful actually – a big shout-out to Gemley Valuations for your amazing knowledge and customer service).
With all of this additional info I started to get a wee bit excited about this sought-after stone. I mean, how cool is it to own something rarer than diamonds. But I was curious to know why Wendy was willing to part with it, so I asked her and this is what she had to say:
‘I’ve been really sick and lost my job and can’t afford a 60th birthday gift and want to give him a dream while I help someone else. I collect jewellery etc for rainy days. This is a rainy day and sunshine for you hopefully. Things don’t do anything for our family, memories do.’
Well, how could I say no. Next thing I found myself at Wendy’s house in Highland Park where we swapped a few stories and laughs, before also swapping an alto sax for Item 8, that rare Tanzanite gemstone.
If you’re interested in swapping this awesome stone, drop me a line.