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What is Tanzanite?

Very successful marketing from large jewellery companies ensures that people believe Tanzanite should only be very deep blue! As you can see from this picture, the tones and saturations of colour within Tanzanite are glorious and varied.  Like Amethyst it ranges from palest Lavender through to deepest darkest blue.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we believe.

Tanzanite is the blue/purple variety of the mineral zoisite.  Discovered in the Meralani Hills of in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro.  It is used as a gemstone.

Tanzanite is noted for its remarkably strong trichroism, appearing alternately sapphire blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation.  

Tanzanite can also appear differently when viewed under alternate lighting conditions.  The blues appear more evident when subjected to fluorescent light and the violet hues can be seen readily when viewed under incandescent illumination.

Tanzanite in its rough state is usually a reddish brown color. It requires artificial heat treatment to 600 °C in a gemological oven to bring out the blue violet of the stone. Tanzanite is a rare gem. It is found only in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tanzanite, the birthstone for December, was introduced to the world by Tiffany's of New York in 1969.  They had exclusivity for 10 years! It has become an extremely popular gemstone for its beauty, its uniqueness and for investment.  It is the ONLY gemstone to have been added to the birthstone list since 1912!  It was added in 2003.

The Gemstone of New Beginnings: The colour blue is steeped in Spirituality in Tanzania and the Masaai men gift their wives Tanzanite when they have a child.  It is not only a token to the mother, but iit is also supposed to ensure porsperity for the child.
Mystical Properties of Tanzanite: Tanzanite is a gemstone which is said to awaken the mind and heart. It is able to help by assisting in the integration of mind and heart it activates the throat chakra so that you can clearly communicate your highest truth. Excellent for holding during a 
reading, it can also be used to enhance psychic abilities.