The History of Tanzanite
Discovered in 1967, Tanzanite is a newcomer to the list of December birthstones, which include turquoise, zircon and blue topaz. According to the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA for short, Tanzanite is one of the rarest stones, and can only be found in the Merelani Hills of Tanzania, Eastern Africa. The story goes that a local miner stumbled across the beautiful blue crystals in Merelani, mistaking the stones for Sapphire. Soon enough, the stone was internationally recognized by Tiffany & Co, who realized the gem’s potential and popularized its distribution.
Tanzanite’s Beautiful Hues
Tanzanite has a luxurious, deep blue color, but can also have an exotic, purple hue. Even in its rough stage, Tanzanite has a velvety, saturated color that can’t be missed. Depending on
how the crystals are cut, the hues will vary. In addition, Tanzanite is a pleochroic gemstone, which means that it reflects different colors when viewed from various angles.
Discover Tanzanite Jewelry
Tanzanite is widely used in earrings, pendants, necklaces, beads, and wedding and engagement rings.
Tanzanite is rated 6 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, according to the GIA. This means that while it can be worn in normal conditions, the gem is more susceptible to cracks upon impact, and may be affected by sudden temperature changes, especially high heat. Because the gemstone can be damaged, we advise taking the right precautions when purchasing and wearing jewelry featuring this gem. Tanzanite jewelry, especially rings, often has protective mountings. When cleaning tanzanite, use warm, soapy water rather than ultrasonic cleaners.
At Snow’s Jewelers, we provide the utmost quality and experience with full service jewelry operations. Our original founders, Edward and Ida Snow, left a legacy of family-owned and operated business, teaching the fine craft of jewelry repair, appraisal, engraving, and custom designs. Tanzanite is one of the many gemstones we incorporate in our jewelry, perfect for a memorable December gift.