40 years ago, tanzanite was discovered in the Mererani Hills of Northern Tanzania. In just a short span of time it is becoming one of the most popular gemstones available today. In year 2002, tanzanite was added to birthstone list as the December birthstone by American Gem Trade Association.
Tanzanite is a rare and exotic gem variety of mineral zoisite. It rates 6-7 on Moh’s scale of hardness which makes it quite suitable for jewelry. Though as compare to other gemstones, it is soft and needs special care. Its rarity and strong pleochroism are the reasons of tanzanite’s enormous popularity.
Tanzanite reflects three different shades of color-a feature uniquely found in this stone. In natural light it is blue which in incandescent light turns to violet. Due to its exceptional characteristics of rarity and strongest pleochroism, tanzanite has made its prominent position in gemstone jewelry. Its demand in the international market is growing day by day. Blue-lavender color of tanzanite is distinctive and falls on the spectrum between azure and amethyst.
Designers are using tanzanite for exclusive jewelry. It is now a part of the most asked gemstone list and is equally demanded as sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds. In fact it is very much praised in designer jewelry and lends an exquisite look to different styles. Be it the vintage jewelry, contemporary style or the classic looks, tanzanite makes them stunning and eye catching.