Tanzanite – Born From Lightning

A Coffee Table Book by Didier Brodbeck and Hayley A. Henning

Since it’s discovery in 1967, Tanzanite has become one of the most intriguing and desirable gemstones of our time, managing to capture the imagination of jewelry designers and collectors who have fallen in love with it’s mesmerizing color, romantic origin and captivating brilliance.

This book, Tanzanite – Born From Lightning is a compilation of some of the world’s most prestigious brands, designers and jewelry makers, all coming together to showcase their most stunning creations – incredible, one-of-a kind tanzanite jewels, inspired  by their most vivid imaginations and created in their own unique way.  It took Didier Brodbeck and Hayley Henning over two years to bring this together.  Literally hundreds of e-mails and many hours have resulted in almost 200 pages of incredible loose gems and jewels - the first Tanzanite compilation of its’ kind and exceptional in that many of the participating designers and brands are seldom seen page-on-page, alongside one another.  Art direction by Icaro Carlos.

From Tiffany and Cartier to Chanel, Piaget, Van Cleef and Arpels, Bulgari and Boucheron, Tanzanite has captured everybody’s attention and inspired designers the world over.  The pages of this book showcase all of these, and also include designers such as Lorenz Bäumer, Stephen Webster, Roberto Coin, Ruth Grieco, Brigitte Ermel, Wallace Chan, Erica Courtney and many, many more.  Tanzanite -  Born From Lightning showcases hundreds of beautiful pieces of tanzanite jewelry – each page delights with another jewel!

Tanzanite- Born From Lightning tells stories of the gems’ discovery in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, and how it made it’s way into the hands of the jewelry wearing elite.  The book shares personal accounts and experiences of the early prospectors who moulded the journey of the gem from mine to market, beginning with how Tanzanite got it’s name, and how eventually the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) came to include Tanzanite into their list of official birthstones, unchanged since 1907. 

Tanzanite's transformations have ultimately placed it alongside the rarest of gems. In short, Tanzanite's age of glory has finally dawned.

About the Authors:  Didier Brodbeck and Hayley A. Henning

Tanzanite – Born From Lightning is Didier Brodbeck’s 13th book.  His close relationships with many of the top ‘Haute Joaillerie’ houses and designers in Europe has allowed him to access their collections for their most unique and exquisite Tanzanite jewels, seldom seen together in a single publication.  Didier is the founder of the well known ‘Dreams’ magazine, as well as ‘Heure International’, and spent many years at J Walter Thompson, as a advisor on the DeBeers account.  His fantastic wit and creative word-smithing ensures Tanzanite – Born From Lightning is not only beautiful to look at, but is a fun read too. 

Hayley A. Henningis the former Exeuctive Director of the Tanzanite Foundation, the first ever marketing agency in the colored gemstone industry, specifically dedicated to the promotion and protection of Tanzanite, the gorgeous blue-violet gem found in Tanzania.  Her main achievement was to give Tanzanite a sustainable position in the colored gemstone industry with significant sales and brand recognition. During that time, Hayley was also making a difference in the lives of the local communities outside the Tanzanite mining areas, which lead her to spearhead several corporate social responsibility programs in the region.  She’s worked with some of the world’s leading gem dealers and jewelry designers to collaborate on collections which include Tanzanite, some of these pieces can be seen between the pages of Tanzanite – Born From Lightning, her latest project, a coffee table book, with Didier Brodbeck.

Art Direction by Icaro Carlos, a gifted Brazilian jewelry designer, who has his own collection of one-of-a-kind jewels.   Tanzanite – Born From Lightning is Icaro’s 3rd book.


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