Dear Collector Friend,
There is a rare gemstone found in only one place on Earth known as Tanzanite…
Unearthed in Africa’s Tanzania which is known for it’s clarity and deep striking colors. Tanzanite is a stone of transmutation, shifting from lilac-blue to sapphire blue, into deep blue-violet and at one time in history was briefly mistaken for sapphire.
Tanzanite is fairly new to the colored stone society. As the most prevalent story of the tanzanite rush dates back to 1967 when a Masai tribesman came across a cluster of transparent, intense blue crystals peeking out of the earth in Merelani that is located in an area of Northern Tanzania. He notified a local fortune hunter by the name of Manuel d’Souza, who promptly registered four mining claims.
Tiffany & Company recognized its massive potential as an international seller and cut a deal to become its prime distributor. Then, Tiffany (rightly so) named the gem after the country it was discovered in and promoted it with a wide spread publicity campaign in 1968.
How Tanzanite is mined – Colour, Rarity, Value and Formation…
The extraordinary Tanzanite is found and mined in a small area only four kilometers wide and two kilometers long at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in the Manyara Region of Northern Tanzania. Tanzanite is a trade name that was first used by Tiffany and Company for gem quality specimens of the mineral zoisite with a blue color.
“Tanzanite is the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2000 years.” –
Tiffany & Co.
The brilliant blue color of tanzanite is produced by tiny amounts of vanadium within the zoisite mineral structure. When vanadium-bearing zoisite is heated to a temperature of 600 degrees Celsius for approximately 30 minutes, the oxidation state of the vanadium is changed and that shift causes or improves the original blue color.
The heat treatment of tanzanite is fairly mild when compared to what is done for other fine gems like rubies and sapphires. The difference being, those gemstones are heated to temperatures between 1000 and 1800 degrees Celsius and are often held at those temperatures for days or sometimes even weeks. When tanzanite is found in the ground, the brown colour almost always dominates. However, with moderate heating, the cutter can experience the blue color bloom and deepen in the stone.
Tone and saturation play a large role in the value of Tanzanite. The deepest, most vivid colors are also the most rarely occurring in nature. Tanzanite is not a lucid gemstone but when it comes to color, it has a little something that sets it apart from the rest – this is called Trichroic. Trichroism is a widely known gemologist’s term which means “As light passes through a mineral it vibrates in different planes.” This, then causes the stone to display a different color depending on which axis it’s being viewed from. This remarkable sensation makes Tanzanite very reactive to the light source that it is viewed under.
Largest Gemstone brought to light…
Back on August 6 of 2005, deep underneath the ground at one of the mines in Tanzania’s northern Manyara region, miners excavated something outlandish. It was a shocking blue and enormous in size measuring in at an alarming 8.6x3x2.7 inches. It was a 7.2 pound, 16,389-karat (Market value of polished tanzanite varies between $200 and $2,000 per carat.) This tanzanite crystal is most definitely the largest to be unearthed to date. It was given the name Mawenzi – the second highest peak on Mount Kilimanjaro as a tribute and glory of the slim possibility of there being an even more significant gemstone which would be bequeathed the name of the highest peak on Kilimanjaro – Uhuru.
The Affluent who Bare Tanzanite…
You won’t find much if any mythology or folklore from centuries ago regarding this stone due to it’s extremely recent discovery, in comparison to many of other beloved gemstones that we are accustomed to hearing fables about. Although, many memorable and influential celebrities and modern royalty bare the regal gemstone tanzanite today – this rare blue nugget will set one apart from the rest with it’s uniqueness and majestic sparkle. Kate Middleton often flaunts a magnificent tanzanite bobble on her finger. Penelope Cruz frames her face allowing a stunning pair of tanzanite earrings to brush her neck.
Facts and Lore…
Tanzanite is the birthstone of the icy blue winter month of December. It has become one of the most popular gems in the market place. In fact, it is now the most popular gemstone after the “big four,” which consists of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
This gem is known to have the power to activate and integrate the energies and helps in metaphysical hea ling such as Tanzanite Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy. It stimulates the throat, third Eye and Crown Chakras, uniting the higher mind with intuition and communication. Tanzanite carries a predominant blue crystal energy that stimulates the Throat Chakra or the voice of the human body.
Using this stone in combination with Golden Selenite and Azurite, the healing energy of these stones will enable you to conquer your subconscious part of the mind and motivate you to achieve positivity in your mental, emotional and physical behaviour.
It’s high vibrational energy provides for a deep profound meditation and for ease in entering altered states of consciousness. It facilitates inner and outer journeying and is highly conducive for linking to higher realms. An amazing stone at best, Tanzanite has many powers and an unparalleled beauty. It’s rarity commands the attention of jewellers, gemologist and influential people throughout the world.
Art, Nature, and Beauty Always,