Tanzanite

Do you know Tanzanite? Today I want to explain you something more about this beautiful blue stone, because it seems to be very popular lately and I’m also in love with its colour and texture. 

Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of Zoisite (from Epidote group). The gemstone was discovered by Manuel de Souza in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967. The curiosity is that Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area, and this is one of the reasons that make Tanzanite special and rare. 

Tanzanite has a remarkable strong trichroism, appearing alternately blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation and it can also appear differently when viewed under alternate lighting conditions. The majority of Tanzanite on the market today is heat treated to minimize the brown colors found naturally, and to enhance the blue shades that can rival sapphire

Do you know that the name of “Tanzanite” was given by Tiffany & Co to the gemstone in 1968? The scientific name of “blue-violet zoisite” was not thought to be consumer friendly enough by Tiffany’s marketing department, and inspired with its origin country Tanzania they introduced it to the market as Tanzanite. 

In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association choose Tanzanite as a December Birthstone next to Zircon and Turquoise. So if your birthday is on December, you can discover more about your birthstones here! 

An independent study from 2012 suggests, as its rareness and the small mine area where it can be found, Tanzanite deposits may deplete in 30 years.

Did you like it? Now you know a little bit more about this beautiful and rare blue stone…don’t you think it’s very special?

Goodman Morris

M’encanten les joies d’aquesta gent de Brighton, de formes simples però realitzades amb una gran tècnica. No us perdeu la resta de col·leccions a la seva web!

I love pieces of these Brighton jewellers, with simple shapes but made with a great technique. You can’t miss the rest of their collections at their website!

Alberta Vita

Aquesta joiera de Padova combina les formes gemètriques de les joies amb les pedres. Molt interessant!!

“La mia ricerca trae origine dallo studio di forme geometriche essenziali, dall’amore per le pietre, dalla concezione che il loro rapporto con il design non sia una “ingabbiatura” fissa e perpetua, ma uno strumento per valorizzarne il movimento, libere di riflettere toni e sfumature, per emozioni di luce e colori sempre diversi.”

Hans Meevis

En Hans i la Anne són un matrimoni que porta més de 20 anys treballant en el món de la joieria, defineixen la seva feina com la seva passió. Les seves joies són de tècniques i materials variats, utilitzant pedres naturals i algunes de rares. Tenen el seu estudi a la ciutat St Maarten de les Antilles Holandeses encara que els dos són d’origen alemany.