Tanzanite: Birthstone of the Month

Tanzanite Birthstone

Tanzanite is December’s birthstone and is seen to represent old souls who are strong and wise individuals with heaps of confidence. So, December babies, celebrate your wisdom with a beautiful piece of tanzanite jewellery.

But before you choose your perfect accessory, here are 10 (fairly) interesting facts about this most precious of gemstones:

  1. Tanzanite is old. Like REALLY old!

    Much of the tanzanite that is being mined today was actually formed some 585 million years ago – about the same time the first animals are believed to have been walking the earth.
  2. Tanzanite is SO HOT right now!

    To create its vibrant blue colour and scratch-resistant hardness (6-7 on the Moh’s Scale) tanzanite gets heated to approximately 500°c underneath the Earth’s surface.
  3. No. Really. Tanzanite is SO HOT right now!

    Tanzanite has been celebrated by gemstone specialists as the “gemstone of the 20th century” and is popularly known as the most beautiful blue gemstone to be discovered in 2000 years. Move over sapphire!
  4. Tanzanite stones are rarer than a flash-fried steak

    Tanzanite stones are found in only one place in the world – the Mererani Hills of Northern Tanzania, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. They are mined in an area of land that is just four-square kilometres wide.
  5. Tanzanite found near Mount Kilimanjaro
  6. Discovered in the Swinging Sixties!

    Tanzanite is said to have been discovered in 1967 by a local tailor of Indian origin, Manuel de Souza. However, this precious stone wasn’t given its name until Tiffany’s named it after the country it is found in the following year.
  7. Tanzanite is trichroic…or something like that.

    Tanzanite is trichroic, which means it radiates three different colours – usually shades of blue, violet and burgundy.
  8. Buy, buy, buy!

    Being more affordable than diamonds and around a third of the price of sapphire, tanzanite is still an extremely valuable gem. Many pieces of tanzanite jewellery are now being bought as investment pieces as they are appreciating in value every year. And it has been said by gemologists that in the next 10 to 20 years, no more tanzanite will be found.
  9. Lucky charm

    Tanzanite has been attributed with qualities of good luck and prosperity, and associated with celebrations of new life and new beginnings.
  10. Blue is the colour!

    Amongst the Maasai, the colour blue is seen as sacred and spiritual, and this coupled with its characteristics of new life have brought about a tradition where Tanzanite is given to Maasai women after the birth of a child as an offering of health, positivity and prosperity to the child.

Pinterest Inspiration

As we have learnt, Tanzanite is trichroic and therefore shimmers and shines in many different shades of blue, violet and burgundy. And the people of Pinterest are finding a simply styled tanzanite ring perfect to complete that stacking look.

Pinterest Tanzanite Inspiration

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