Tanzanite is a relatively new blue gemstone introduced by Tiffany's. It's unique blue color is fabulous. Tanzanite is wonderful to wear in any form but tanzanite rings and tanzanite pendants are most popular.
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14kt Gold Diamond & Emerald Cut Tanzanite Ring courtesy of Heavenly Treasures
Tanzanite gemstones may be blue, purple or slate gray. It is a rare blue-purple zoisite. Tanzanite gem has a hardness rating of 6.5.
Colors of this beautiful gemstone range from light violet-blue to ultramarine blue. The highest quality is blue with a hint of purple throughout. Often tanzanite jewelry will appear to have a different color (blue, purple, or brownish yellow) from alternate angles.
Tanzanite is often heat treated to improve its color and clarity. Heat treating often remove most if not all brownish-yellow in this stone.
Tanzanite rings can easily be scratched or chipped. Clean your jewelry with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaning for this gemstone.
This wonderful gemstone was found in Tanzania in 1967. It was named after the East African state where it was found. Tanzanite is exclusively mined in Tanzania.
In 2002, Tanzanite was added to the official modern Birthstone list for December.
Tanzanite is the anniversary gemstone for the 24th year of marriage.
- Emerald and Tanzanite Buying Guide - by Renee Newman
Practical Hints on buying this wonderful stone.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- Gemstones of the World - by Walter Schumann
A very well written source on gemstones with great descriptions and photographs
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Mystical Properties & Lore
It is said that Tanzanite helps with change. It uplifts and opens the heart.
Tiffany & Co. of New York named this gemstone and introduced it to the world in 1969. It is one of the newest, most fascinating gemstones on the market today.
A very large tanzanite (122.7 carats) may be seen at the Natural History Museum in Washington DC.
The name Tanzanite was choosen because it is much more appealing than blue zoisite.
My love to you
What was Queen's favorite stone?
Tanzanite since she liked it when the knights had a tan.
Cause they think it will help them tan at night.