Tanzanite, while being a relatively new stone to the scene, has quickly shot into the 76
December’s birthstone, tanzanite, is a rare stone that excited the gem world. It’s one of the world’s best modern discoveries. Known only in 5 square miles on the planet, they are rarer than diamonds and only recently found in 1967.
The Best Characteristics Of A Tanzanite: It’s all about that color!
Fine Tanzanite has a deep depth of color often referred to as velvety and ranges from pure rich blue-violet to violet-blue to pale, almost lavender. The color that is the most highly prized and valuable is the pure rich blue-violet. People swoon over the deep blue color range with a touch of violet. Tanzanites also exhibit a color change. In natural light, Tanzanite may look almost sapphire blue. But in fluorescent light, the same tanzanite may look more violet, like amethyst. Plus, due to its crystal structure, the stone will change colors when viewed from different directions. Usually violet from one angle and blue from another.
The deepest, most intensely colored gems are usually larger stones, especially when you get to 5 carats and above.
Cut Is A Big Factor In The Color
Because Tanzanite looks blue from one direction and violet from another, the cut is very important. Cuts to show off the violet end of the spectrum are usually less wasteful. In comparison, cuts to show off the blue end of the spectrum wastes more of the rough stone. Because of this, you see more Tanzanites that look violet-purple than those with a strong blue color. So of course, the blue cuts tend to be more pricey.
Tanzanite’s principal source was only recently discovered in 1967, in the Merelani Hills of Tanzania. To the north, you see the stunning backdrop of the mountains of Kilimanjaro. This region of northern Tanzania is only 5 square miles and is the only place in the world where tanzanite is found. Consequently, this gem eventually became known as Tanzanite in honor of Tanzania.
As a direct result of Tanzanite’s gorgeous, vivid color, high clarity, and large stones, it’s rise to fame was almost instantaneous.
It’s believed that tanzanite has the ability to stimulate three chakras: the throat, the third eye and the crown. This means that it has the ability to activate psychic ability and facilitate communication with higher spiritual dimensions.
These gems are also said to assist with any form of transformation. Many believe that tanzanite gems can help rid one of old patterns and bad behaviours and help them move into a new, more rewarding phase of life. It’s said to enhance healing at several levels, as well as protect caregivers who are assisting with healing.
In terms of physical healing, tanzanite gemstones are believed to help alleviate skin disorders and the treatment of any illness of the ears and eyes. Tanzanite can also boost the immune system, detoxify and regenerate cells and tissues.
Tanzanite is relatively new to the colored stone galaxy. As the most common story of the tanzanite mining boom goes, in 1967 a Masai tribesman stumbled upon a cluster of highly transparent, intense violet-to-blue crystals weathering out of the earth in Merelani, an area of northern Tanzania. He alerted a local fortune hunter named Manuel d’Souza, who quickly registered four mining claims.
D’Souza hoped that he’d been shown a new sapphire deposit. Instead, the deposit contained one of the newest of the world’s gems.
The pair of crystals shown on the left is the same pair of crystals shown on the right. They have different apparent colors because tanzanite is pleochroic – it appears to be different colors when viewed from different directions.
If we cut a faceted stone from the crystal pair on the right and oriented the cutting so that, in this view, we were looking down onto the top of the table, the stone would have a blue face-up color. If we did the same with the crystal pair on the left, the stone would have a purple face-up color. If the table of the stone were tilted slightly in any direction, an intermediate face-up color would be produced.
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