Happy Birthday, Tanzanite!

Did you know that Tanzanite is only mined in one place - Tanzania?


This unique gem is fairly new to the gemstone market. It was first identified in 1969 and added to the official birthstone list by the American Gem Trade Association in 2002.

Tanzanite is now one of the two birthstones for December, along with Blue Zircon.


This gorgeous tanzanite below was a gift from my dad that he picked out for me on his trip to Tanzania :)


oval tanzanite and diamond halo yellow gold necklace on yellow flowers


Let's take a look at some fun facts about this wonderful gem:


  • Tanzanite is a member of the zoisite family

  • Pure blue and intense violet-blue colours are considered the finest quality

  • Purple colours, although stunning, are considered less valuable

  • Tanzanite was considered an affordable alternative to sapphires but has since gained popularity as a striking gem in its own right

  • Tanzanite was introduced to the world by Tiffany & Co. and was heavily promoted as an exotic stone. It is still one of their most popular stones


Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Tiffany & Co. tanzanite jewellery


Availability


Tanzanite is available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items.



large loose tanzanites on a woman's hand with red nails


Tanzanite is much more affordable than diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and alexandrite.


Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by how affordable tanzanite really is.



trilliant cut tanzanite solitaire white gold earrings

 

Pro Tip: To keep your jewellery sparkling like brand new, make sure to keep it clean!


Learn how to clean your jewellery in 4 Easy Steps here

 


cushion cut loose tanzanites on a woman's hand with red nails



Treatment


Approximately 95% of tanzanite on the market is heat treated.


Heat treatment is an industry standard, unheated stones usually show a brownish colour.



oval tanzanite and diamond halo tanzanite white gold engagement ring and wedding band bridal set



Tanzanite Birthstone


Tanzanite is also known for the following traits:


  • brings the feeling of being “centred”

  • elevates the mood and removes negative habits

  • facilitates truthful thinking and communication

  • can help open your third eye and help with spiritual awakening




 

Do you know what powers and qualities your birthstone holds?

Visit my previous post titled Beauty and Power to find out!

 


oval tanzanite and diamond halo yellow gold necklace hanging on a rose gold candle


Durability


In terms of hardness, tanzanite scores a 6 - 7 out of 10 on Moh's scale.


With sapphires and rubies at 9 and diamonds at 10, these can scratch your tanzanite if not stored properly or if they rub against each other.


I wouldn't recommend it for an engagement ring but it makes a great option for "occasional wear" rings and other jewellery such as pendants and earrings.


oval tanzanite and diamond halo white gold earrings

 

Pro Tip: don't shy away from adding this unique gemstone to your collection, just be careful while wearing it.

 


oval tanzanite and round diamond white gold three stone engagement ring






Is Tanzanite on your wishlist?



I would be delighted to hear about it!



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