Whatever is rare is also fascinating. This is true especially if it is one of the most beautiful gemstones in the world, Tanzanite. This beautiful violet gemstone is sought after not only for its beauty but also its rarity. Found nowhere else in the world but Tanzania, these gorgeous gemstones have in recent times gained much admiration from jewelry lovers across the world.
Known as the gemstone of the 20th Century and discovered only recently, tanzanites have become a favorite with jewelry connoisseurs. As the name suggests is Tanzanites originate from Tanzania which also earns them their name. Being a recent discovery, there is not much history associated with tanzanites. However, the Maasai tribes of Africa have some interesting tales about this magnificent gemstone.
A popular belief mentions lightening having struck the grounds in Tanzania which led to the pebbles and stones turning into violet-blue due to the magical fire radiating from the skies. Another story, and a more practical one says a local Maasai tribesman found a violet crystal, a discovery he shared with Manuel D’Souza, a Goan tailor who also had a knowledge of gemstones. He in turn carried the crystal to Germany where, after a lot of testing and gem identification by experts from GIA, the British Museum and Harvard University, it was concluded that the origin of the gem was from the mineral zoisite. It was then added to the colorful family of gemstones. Tanzanites since then have come to be one of the most sought after gemstones.
The beauty and charm of tanzanites lie in their color, which is a lovely combination of violet and dark blue with a rich velvety touch. Clarity is another factor that gives tanzanites an edge over other stones, for tanzanites are mostly free of inclusions. Also, since tanzanites are available in larger sizes and carat weights it adds to the stone’s beauty and look. The color of tanzanites is acquired after the gemstone undergoes heat treatment. Being permanent in nature, heat treatment preserves the beauty of tanzanites for years.
True to its name tanzanites are exclusively mined in Tanzania. The deposits of these stones are found mainly in Merelani Hills near Arusha, in the northern part of Tanzania. Due to its presence in this region alone, these gemstones are considered rare. In fact it can even be said that tanzanites are rarer than diamonds.
Tanzanites look good in any form of jewelry, whether tanzanite rings, tanzanite earrings or tanzanite pendants. Due to the rare and exclusive color of the gemstone tanzanites flatter any look and wardrobe. While simple tanzanite jewelry adds elegance to day wear, more elaborate versions of tanzanite jewelry look great as evening accessories.
The stunning tanzanite is sought after like most other rare objects. This exclusive gemstone that has given a new element to the world of vibrant gemstones has also won the hearts of jewelry lovers the world over with its magnificence and grandeur.
By Jennifer Citrine