Tanzanite, the Birthstone of December is the blue and violet kind of zoisite belonging to the epidote mineral group. The color arises due to the presence of vanadium. Discovered in 1967, the gemstone is known to be found only in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The only one source makes Tanzanite very rare and widely cherished as the gemstone for one generation.
Tanzanite is adored for its ability to exhibit remarkable trichroism, that is the appearance of different colors blue, violet and burgundy on different crystal orientation.
The availability of Tanzanite from a single source makes this gemstone rarer than diamonds and hence making it more desirable.
Tanzanite is thought to facilitate higher consciousness and stimulate intuition and perception.
The overall quality of tanzanites is governed by a deep blue color. However, in pursuit of exceptional pieces one must look for intense violet-blue hue with pleochroism.
Eye-clean inclusions not posing any question to the durability of the gemstone are acceptable and vice versa.
The overall color and clarity can be improved to a certain extent while determining the faceted cut for the tanzanite rough.
Large tanzanites are a rare site in the nature therefore if found, then tanzanite of large size will tend to be way more valuable than its smaller counterparts.
Tanzanite is only mined from a small mining area near the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania making them even rarer than the Diamond.
Tanzanite Ring is quite easy to clean due to their hardness and durability. However, a few things must be kept in mind like avoiding contact of the gemstone with make-up, harsh chemicals, abrasives.
While cleaning the ring make use of lukewarm water and mild cleaning detergent. Soft toothbrush can be used to clean the underside of the tanzanite. Also, the ring must be individually kept to avoid contact with other jewelry to avoid unnecessary scratches.
The most common Tanzanite Certifications includes from GIA, IGL and HRD labs. It is usually a document you receive on the behalf of the aforementioned 3rd party labs which describes an tanzanite in all of its characteristics.
Each and every party’s defining grounds may defer.
Depending on the quality of the tanzanite, it might cost you somewhere between the range of $150 to $425 per carat.