In 1962, tanzanite as a mineral was first discovered by Manuel de Sousa. It was believed that this December birthstone appeared after the first eruption of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite got the title ‘zoisite’ then.
Among the healing attributes of tanzanite, many people recognize the positive effect of birthstone jewelry on body detoxification, vitality enhancement, and youthfulness preservation. Another belief about tanzanite says it’s capable of calming body and soul. If these things concern you, come and pick your tanzanite!
Tanzanite is a jewelry gift for the 24th wedding anniversary.
In 1968, the gemstone “blue-violet zoisite” was titled “tanzanite” (because it was found in Tanzania) and entered the jewelry market. Tiffany & Co. believed in the commercial future of tanzanite and launched a grand promotion campaign for it. And it didn’t make a mistake with this decision – all the tanzanite jewelry introduced to the wide public gained instant success. Since then, Tiffany & Co. claims itself as an official distributor of tanzanite on the world jewelry market. They even made a slogan, “Tanzanite can only be found in two places, Tanzania and Tiffany’s.”
Pleochroism is a feature that makes birthstone jewelry featuring tanzanite more valuable. Precisely, it means that the gemstone can change its hues under different angles. Generally, this transformation in tanzanite happens as switching from purple to violet. Also, tanzanite is dictomatic, meaning that this jewel can absorb light rays in different amounts.
Sometimes, people called tanzanite “velvety.” That’s because jewelry designers commonly use tanzanite of violet or purple tones. Without these overtones, tanzanite can be easily taken for a sapphire!
In 2002, tanzanite became an official December birthstone, being the youngest on this list made by American Gem Trade Association. Also, tanzanite was unknown for so long that any jewelry legend about it had time to appear. Nevertheless, tanzanite managed to become a symbol of greater self-awareness, stimulated intuition, and sharper perception.
There is one and only mine of tanzanite in the world. It’s The Merelani Hills in Northern Tanzania, near Mount Kilimanjaro. Maybe, tanzanite can be found in another country someday. But its title will always indicate that Tanzanian origin is what makes tanzanite true!