Celebrating December’s Birthstone – Tanzanite
We’re dedicating this blog post to December’s Birthstone, Tanzanite. Although many believed that Tanzanite shares this month with both Turquoise and Zircon, we thought we would give Tanzanite the much-needed exposure it deserves.
No history or lore was needed for tanzanite to become one of the most popular gemstones in the world. It was discovered in 1967 and was once marketed as a sapphire alternative. Its color spectrum ranges from bluish violet to purple and this colour spectrum makes the stone so unique and wonderful. Tanzanite is an extraordinary gemstone. It occurs in only one place worldwide, Tanzania.
Tanzanite Fun Facts
- It is named after the East African state of Tanzania, the only place in the world where it has been found.
- Member of the zoisite family
- Marketed originally by Tiffany & Co in 1968
- Mined in one place only: Tanzania
- In 2002, tanzanite became an alternate December birthstone
- Most tanzanite comes out of the ground a creme soda brown and routinely heated to get the trademark blueish violet.
- Exhibits trichroism (can exhibit three different colors depending on the orientation of the crystal to the viewer)
- Has been a popular “push present” for parents of new babies which probably led to its recent link with fertility