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Award-winning designer Judith Ripka inspires those who appreciate style, design, and uncompromising quality. Her numerous achievements include winning the prestigious De Beers Award for Diamond Design and being inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Since launching her career in 1977, Ripka has helped others understand that fashion is about style and creating a total look. Taking cues from her busy life as wife, mother, and grandmother, Ripka designs versatile, classic jewelry with a modern twist. Often working side-by-side with clients, she finds joy in sharing her unique interpretation of color, gems, metals, and overall design.
Ripka is committed to using the finest materials in her designs. She also strives to nurture her relationships with European artisans who have been exclusively dedicated to the manufacturing needs of The Judith Ripka Companies, Inc. for over 15 years.
Ripka's passion for jewelry and for her family sparkles with unmatched brilliance. She and husband Ronald J. Berk are committed to making a difference through charity endeavors and involvement in the arts.
Information supplied by The Judith Ripka Companies, Inc.
Tanzanite gets its name from its origin of Tanzania. In 1967, Manuel d'Souza discovered this extraordinary variety of the mineral zoisite while searching for sapphires. The Tanzania mines are located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Widely seen as a geological phenomenon, this precious gemstone formed in the earth's surface over 585 million years ago during the pan-African event (the shifting of continents). It's also trichroic in nature, meaning that it radiates blue, violet, and burgundy from its crystallographic axes, depending upon the stone cut.
A commemorative gemstone for the 24th wedding anniversary as well as December birthdays, tanzanite is thought to balance emotions and clear the heart chakra, helping people accept change. Ranking a 6 or 7 on Moh's hardness scale, it's considered to be a soft gemstone and more fragile than sapphires. To clean tanzanite, use a gentle detergent and a soft brush. Allow ample drying time before storing. Ultra-sonic devices and steam-based cleaners are not recommended.
Information provided by Hayley Henning of the Tanzanite Foundation.