Tanzanite Gemstone Properties
Rarer than diamonds and almost as famous, tanzanite has skyrocketed in popularity like a starlet in Hollywood in the short 50 years since its discovery. Yet, unlike the diamond which is plentiful in Africa and Russia, tanzanite mines are predicted to run dry roughly around 2022, giving this gem all the more desire and intrigue.
Tanzanite is an exquisite form of zoisite with color ranges from ultramarine to sapphire blue and appears with amethyst and sometimes even yellow hues in artificial light. An otherwise unappealing brown stone, the in-demand blue is created during a traditional heating process. It is often mistaken for sapphire, but the main difference between the two gems is tanzanite's brilliant range of purple and blue hues.
For a more approachable and fun look, create a multi-strand necklace from strings of white seed beads with pieces of tanzanite chips and pale rose quartz beads intermittent throughout the strands.
History and Background
One would think from the short supply of the stone that the gem would be one of the most expensive. Yet, short sighted in the excitement of this stone's discovery, mine owners and jewelers have never properly priced the worth per carat of the stone, which explains the range in prices.
Another popular belief is that because it takes intense heat to bring forth this stone's full potential, it also has the ability to bring forth the wearers' full potential and help them get in touch with the alternate side of their personality.
Geological Properties and Scientific Description
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Although tanzanite is a hard stone (Mohs hardness 6-1/2 to 7) it should still be handled like the rare gem that it is. If you struggle to avoid bumping or scraping your jewelry throughout the day, consider earrings as a safe option for displaying this gem. Avoid laying your tanzanite jewelry face down on hard surfaces after you take it off.
Additional Resources and Footnotes:
For inspirational jewelry design ideas featuring tanzanite, visit the Gallery of Designs.
Information for this resource was compiled from the following sources:
- ''Gemstones of the World'' by Walter Schumann
- ''Crystal Healing: The Practical Guide to Using Crystals For Health and Well-Being'' by Simon and Sue Lilly
- ''The Complete Crystal Handbook'' by Cassandra Eason
- ''The Crystal Bible'' by Judy Hall
- Gemstone Adventure Series: The Tanzanite Story by Jewelry Television, Video