Know Your Gemstone
Tanzanite is a rare and exotic gemstone which was first discovered by Portuguese prospector Manuel D’Souza in the Merelani Hills of Tanzania in 1967, in the shadow of Majestic Mountain Kilimanjaro. The natives of the region, Maasai tribesmen, have interesting legends in folklore talking of tanzanite’s origin. In the ancient times there was a legend that referred tanzanite to a bolt of lightning striking the ground. The heat generated by the ‘magical fire from the sky’ transformed the pebbles on the ground into bluish violet gems. And since then these mystical stones are associated with good luck GIA along with the mineralogists from other respected institutions like Harvard, the British Museum and Heidelberg University, identified this rare gem as a variety of the mineral zoisite. This was the latest addition to the family of color gemstones and the rest is history.
Since tanzanite is a much recent find, it is popularly known as the gemstone of the 20th century. According to The Tanzanite Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting tanzanite and those associated with its mining, tanzanite gemstone is a 1000 times rarer than diamonds. The obvious reason is its limited source which is getting depleted. This generation has the privilege to be the first time owners of a tanzanite gemstone.
In the year 2002 this exceptional gemstone was added to the American Gem Trade Association’s list of birthstones. Tanzanite is the birthstone for the month of December.
Avoid cleaning tanzanite with hot soapy water or steam and never clean it in an ultrasonic cleaner. Never use harsh detergents and or any cleaning solutions that contain petroleum distillates. Avoid soaking your gemstone in water for long and only use something like an old soft toothbrush (without toothpaste). A warm moist cloth may also be used to clean tanzanite jewelry.Rare and unique, this extraordinary gemstone has created a special place of respect in the world of colored gemstones.The lovely color of the gemstone is a fine cusp between deep violet and royal blue with a velvety shine.