Tanzanite is a precious stone with captivating violet and blue hue, and an ability to change the color from violet in intense (artificial) light to deep blue in daylight (natural). Sounds fascinating right? Let’s gather some more information about this lovely gem.
What is Tanzanite?
Tanzanite is an alluring blue-purple shade (it is also found in lush blue, vibrant violet, and rich purple colors though) gemstone that is quite popular as an alternative to other comparatively more precious gems. Ever wondered where this beautiful and dazzling gem comes from? It was named after the East African state of Tanzania because it was first found in the Mererani Hills of northern Tanzania in the year 1967. The name was given by the Tiffany & co.
Notably, Tanzania is the only commercial producer of this gem.
The fresh History
Besides the only place of its production in Tanzania, this gem has somewhat a recent history (most of the gemstones have a history of thousands of years ago). This was first mined in 1967 in the Merelani, an area of northern Tanzania. Tiffany & company made an alliance to become its main distributor and named it “Tanzanite” after the name of the country where it was first discovered. The gorgeous gem then got popular among jewelry designers and professionals, almost overnight.
The interesting Color
Tanzanite has Pleochroic properties in it. “Pleochroic” is a quality in gems that makes them reflect different colors depending on the viewing angle. Tanzanite naturally befalls in a variety of colors such as colorless, grey, brown, yellow, green, blue, violet, and pink. The blue color of the gem is produced by heating it. The heat treatment of Tanzanite is very mild as compared to other gems (for example, ruby and sapphire) The color of a shaped (cut) tanzanite also depends on how the different tables of gem intersect. The blue tone varies from ultramarine to sapphire blue. The most admired colors of this magnificent gem are deeply saturated blue or violet-blue.
The spiritual value
Tanzanite is a birthstone for December born (along with zircon, turquoise, and blue topaz.) Moreover, it is also considered to be the absolute gem for gifting on the 24th anniversary. This stunning gem is known to bring empathy and patience in the bearer’s life. As per Hindu gemology, tanzanite is correlated with three chakra’s namely Sahasrara, Vishuddha, and Ajna. In short tanzanite, besides of being an alluring gem holds mythological values in it too.
This gemstone has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. However, it still required extra care while worn. Tanzanite looks astounding in white and yellow precious metal settings. Its beauty is accentuated by diamonds in many jewelry pieces such as bracelets, pendants, earrings, rings, and brooches. Tanzanite rings are becoming increasingly popular among modern-day couples as a preferred choice for engagement rings. Besides the high spiritual values that the gem contains in itself, make it an excellent choice for gifting.
It is one of the most exceptional gemstones found on earth yet the most undervalued. Therefore, next time you wish to buy a distinguished piece of jewel for yourself or your loved ones, consider the startling tanzanite.