10 Fascinating Tanzanite Facts

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  1. Tanzanite: A Single Generation Gemstone

Due to its limited supply, The Tanzanite is known to be 1000 times rarer than diamonds

 

  1. The Heirloom

The Tanzanite is increasingly becoming recognized as an heirloom due to its finite supply - it is only mined in a small area of The Mererani Hills, on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Tanzanian government strictly regulates the mining and selling of Tanzanite’s. This allows the industry to remain sustainable and ethical. In return, the country’s economy and the local communities benefit from its production and sale.

 

  1. The 53 year old Stone

The Tanzanite was discovered in 1967. 2017 marked the 50th anniversary in of the incredibly rare and alluring gem.

 

  1. Famously known as the most beautiful gemstone to be discovered in 2000 years

In 1968, Tiffany & CO christened the stone as the Tanzanite, naming it after Tanzania and launching it to the world as the new must-have stone.

 

  1. Tanzanite: The Trichroic Stone

The Tanzanite stone stands out because of its trichroic nature, which means it appears to change colour from blue to violet when turned in the light. In its rough state, the colour of the stone is purple-brown and is then heat treated to bring out the blue-violet colour.

 

  1. Tanzanite on the Mohs Scale

The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is a qualitative ordinal scale characterizing scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of harder material to scratch softer material. The Tanzanite is rated between 6.5 – 7.0. It is still considered brittle due to its crystal lattice. Tanzanites make some of the most stunning jewellery but needs to be handled with a little more care than you would with Diamonds. 

 

  1. Birth Stone and Anniversary Stone

 The American Gem Trade Association named the Tanzanite the 3rd December birthstone alongside Zircon and Turquoise in 2002. For a Gem that glimmers in icy blue hues – this seems to fit perfectly! Tanzanite is also the Gemstone gifted on 24th Wedding Anniversaries.

 

Beautiful, Rare, Tanzanite Gemstones | Photo Courtesy: Tanzanite Experience 
  1. Tanzanites & The Maasai Tribe

The Maasai depict the colour blue as sacred and spiritual that inspires compassion and calmness

 

  1. A Gem for New Beginnings. Dubbed as the stone for Good Luck & Prosperity

Tanzanite is known to be a crystal that encourages you to embrace life. Traditionally, within the Maasai tribe, the Tanzanite is given to Maasai women after the birth of a child as an offering of health, positivity and prosperity to the child.

 

  1. Famous Tanzanites

The world’s largest Tanzanite was mined in 2005, weighing a staggering 16,839 carats (over 3Kgs). It was discovered almost 300 meters underground in Tanzania;s Manyara Region. It was named The Mawenzi after Mount Kilimanjaro’s 2nd highest peak.

 


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