The violet-blue gemstone from the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro…also known as Zoisite
Tanzanite is another gem that was discovered in the 1960’s in East Africa.
It is found in Merelani, Tanzania, which is by the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 19,341ft above sea level.
Tanzanite is the gem form of the mineral zoisite and is trichroic in its natural, unheated state, meaning that each axis of the crystal displays a different color.
The stones are then usually heated to remove the brownish components, leaving the blue and violet-purples visible.
Tanzanite is one of the birthstone choices for December and celebrates the 24th Anniversary.
We have many more shapes and sizes available in Tanzanite – please contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for in our online inventory.
Here is a link to GIA’s Buyer’s Guide to Sapphires:
RI = 1.691-1.704 DR
SG = 3.30 (+/-0.10)
Hardness = 6-7
suitable for use in jewelry but not recommended for rings that will be used frequently or that have unprotected settings
Almost always enhanced by heat, but we do have Natural, unheated material available too
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Smaller stones of intense color are rarer than larger stones of the same color
note: ultrasonic cleaners can harm stones
Free sizes and Calibrated in standard cuts
Merelani, Northern Tanzania, and as a secondary product of Tsavorite mining in Southern Kenya