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Tanzanite: The December Birthstone

An extraordinary gemstone, the tanzanite fascinates with its blue-purple hue. This captivating gem is regarded to be the birthstone for those born in the month of December. Thanks to its unusual beauty, the tanzanite has evolved to become one of the most coveted gemstones in the world. Here are a few interesting facts on this stunning gemstone…

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  1. The tanzanite is named after the African state Tanzania, which is also the only place on earth where it is found.
  2. It was first discovered in 1967 by a Masai tribesman named Ali Juuyawatu. Tiffany & Company realized its potential and became its main distributor. The company named the gem after the country it was found in. Tanzanite soon became immensely popular among jewelry designers and gem professionals.
  3. As the tanzanite is mined only in one place in the whole world, it is regarded to be rarer than a diamond.
  4. The rich and vibrant blue hue of this beautiful gemstone is as beautiful as a sapphire. Tanzanite stones with a deep saturated hue are the most valuable ones.
  5. It is the blue variety of zoisite. The gemstone contains calcium aluminium silicate and is not very hard. It has a rating of 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s scale.
  6. The tanzanite is pleochroic and hence extremely unique. It exhibits different colors when viewed from different angles.
  7. It is believed to activate and integrate energies. The gem is also considered to aid metaphysical healing.
  8. According to geologists, the world’s supply of tanzanite might get completely exhausted within the next few decades.
  9. The ravishing tanzanite is the first gemstone to be included in the list of birthstones since 1912. Apart from being the December birthstone, it is also regarded to be the gem associated with the 24th wedding anniversary.
  10. Exclusivity of origin is the one reason behind the tanzanite’s increasing demand. It is also considered to be the most beautiful blue gemstone to be discovered within the last 2000 years.


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