Where does tanzanite come from?
Tanzanite has one major source in Tanzania.
Origins and Legends
Tanzanite was discovered in 1967 in the Meralani Hills of Tanzania. The name Tanzanite was coined by Tiffany and Co. to make the stone marketable to customers and obviously, the name has stuck around. Today it is one of the newest and most exotic colored gemstones. Tanzanite has been known to help one deal with change. It also has been known to uplift the spirit and open the heart. It is also symbolic of generosity and friendship.
Tanzanite is noted for its remarkably strong trichroism, appearing to alternate between sapphire blue, violet, and sage-green depending on the crystal orientation. Most tanzanite is heat treated to bring out the colors permanently but this subdues its trichroism.
How to care for Tanzanite
Have the stone cleaned by professionals and remove tanzanite jewelry before doing anything that may scratch or damage the stone as it is softer stone for everyday wear.
Why do people choose Tanzanite?
Tanzanite is the traditional gift for people celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary and tanzanite is now also another alternative for the December birthstone.
Tanzanite should not be put into ultrasonics or steam cleaners and should never be exposed to the heat from torches. The stone may actually fuse to the metal, or suddenly crack.