TANZENITE

Tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone, discovered in 1967. It is said that Masai tribesmen walking through the plains of Tanzania came across a stone that was seen to be hit with lightning. This mineral was Zoisite and the mineral was a beautiful deep blue with a tinge of purple surrounding the center. This new mineral was later named Tanzanite with the help of Tiffany’s and Co. and from this point on became a favorite of the jewelry marketplace. Tanzanite comes from one place only, the mines of North Tanzania. It is an extraordinary mineral in that it gives off a wonderful hue, most notably deep blue with a hint of purple. However it can come in other colors as well including purple or brownish yellow. Some of the stones even include a trichromism effect, meaning they can reflect three different colors depending on the angle which you look at the stone. Usually they include a purple, blue and yellow or green. Tiffany’s made this gemstone extremely popular to the world’s gemstone marketplace and due to mainly its undeniable beautiful color; it has become a favorite around the world. Because Tanzanite is rare and found in one place only, it can command high gemstone prices that sometimes rival or approach that of the diamond. Tanzanite is marketed as the gemstone to give to a mother with a new born child. The Masai of Africa believe that this stone brings life and Tiffany and Co. has marketed this idea to millions making it a great gemstone for new mothers.

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