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Tanzanite

Gemstones
Tanzanite
Tanzanite was discovered in Tanzania in 1967.This gem has a characteristic blue color usually with a violet tinge.Tanzanite is pleochroic, which means that it shows different colors depending on the viewing angle. Tanzanite is considered to be a valuable spiritual stone that can be used for relating to other realms or for meditation. Tanzanite is thought to inspire compassion and to encourage calmness. It is also believed to be helpful in facilitating communication and solving problems. Tanzanite has been added to the list of birthstones for those born in December by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).

 

Colors: Tanzanite ranges from ultramarine to sapphire blue in color. It can also appear blue-violet. The blues are more evident in fluorescent light, and the violet hues under incandescent light.
Shapes: Tanzanite is faceted in both traditional and fancy shapes and a variety of cutting styles. Most often cut into ovals and cushions.
Origin: Very limited quantity found exclusively in Tanzania, where the chief deposit is nearly exhausted.
Care: Tanzanite should never be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner. Protect from scratches, sharp blows & extreme temperature changes. Run under lukewarm water & wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Notes: Tanzanite was given its name by Tiffany & Co, who promoted the gemstone, resulting in its sudden popularity.