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Tanzanite Gemstone Knowledge

What phenomenon exists behind Tanzanite? Birthstone of December, Tanzanite gemstone is relatively new member of the gemstone kingdom. Since discovery, this deeply saturated, clear and brilliant gemstone has received great praise and exponential growth and popularity. Ranging from blue to violet-blue hues, they are pleochroic in nature, and a finer quality tanzanite can rival(and is often substituted) for a sapphire.

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It is interesting to know Tanzanites are named after their origin and sole mining location, Tanzania. Additionally, the legend behind its discovery is fascinating. In 1967, a Masai tribesman named Ali Juuyawatu found some sparkling blue crystals on dried fields and picked them up. He is known as the first collector of Tanzanite, and has even been referred to as ‘The Father of Tanzanite’.

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The world of tanzanite rotates and revolves around its deep blue color. However, very few of us know that in their raw state, tanzanite crystals are in orange-brown color. It is only after basic heat treatment that tanzanite gemstones get their popular blue tone transparency. You will be excited to know when Ali discovered them, the pieces were caught in a fire caused by natural lightening, which is what tanzanite’s color is known for today.

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It is not just unmatched beauty of tanzanite that allures us, but also their mystical powers and healing properties. It is known for transmutation of energy and for helping in deep, profound meditation. Tanzanite is believed to strengthen the immune system and detoxify blood of its owner.

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