Tanzanite Gemstones

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Tanzanite Gemstones

Have you ever heard of the gemstone tanzanite? Maybe you’ve received blue gemstone jewelry before and mistaken it for sapphire. This is actually a very common mistake for jewelry wearers to make. While tanzanite is a popular blue gemstone in today’s market, it is actually fairly rare. In fact, it is so rare it has only one source- the hills of Merelani in northern Tanzania, near majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Since tanzanite is commercially mined in only one place it is actually rarer than diamond! Discovered in 1967, tanzanite is a specimen of the mineral zoisite with a blue color. The name tanzanite reflects the stone’s limited geographic origin. Tiffany & Co. was actually the first company to market blue zoisite as tanzanite, and the name just stuck. Tanzanite has become the second most popular blue gemstone, second only to sapphire. If you’re looking for gorgeous blue gemstone jewelry, tanzanite is a more economical alternative to sapphire.

The beautiful blue color of tanzanite ranges from lush blue to vibrant violet to deep, rich purple. Tanzanite is actually a very unique gemstone. One of the most alluring aspects of tanzanite is its pleochroic quality. Not sure what that means? Let us explain. Pleochroism is an optical phenomenon in which a substance has different colors when viewed from different angles. This means tanzanite can show different colors when viewed from different crystal directions. In the most exceptional tanzanites, the color is an intense violetish blue, but red flashes of pleochroic color can be seen coming from the stone as well. This makes cutting tanzanite a crucial element for jewelers since this will determine the color that consumers will see. As with most gemstones, the paler colors are more available and affordable than deeply saturated ones.

The mesmerizing colors of exotic tanzanite make a great choice as center stones and side stones in all kinds of jewelry. Pair tanzanite with a diamond halo and you’ll see how tanzanite can truly sparkle and shine. Dare to dazzle with any piece from our collection of these radiant gemstones.
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