Tanzanite and Tanzanite Rings
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Tanzanite - General Introduction
Tanzanite is the blue/purple gemstone discovered in the Meralani Hills of
northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha. Tanzanite is noted
for its remarkably strong trichroism, appearing alternately sapphire blue,
violet, and sage-green depending on crystal orientation.
Places where Tanzanite is mined: Merelani Hills (Mererani), Umba Valley,
Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania
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Tanzania is a country rich in folklore and legend. At the time of
tanzanite's discovery, local Maasai communities wove bold and colorful
stories around the creation of this exceptional stone. They told that the
land was set ablaze by a bolt of lightning, and that the heat from this
magic 'fire from the sky' transformed crystals on the ground into shimmering
When the last cinders dissolved into the earth and the thick smoke settled,
awestruck tribesmen filled their pouches with the mystical stones,
intuitively knowing that these jewels would bring a better life.
The actual discovery of tanzanite remains something of a mystery. Although
there are numerous versions, it is not known for certain who found the first
crystal. The most widely accredited narrative suggests that in July of 1967,
Ali Juuyawatu, a local Maasai tribesman, found a piece of translucent
crystal near Mount Kilimanjaro. Fascinated by its blue-violet hue, he shared
his find with Manuel D'Souza, a tailor by profession and prospector by
passion, who was looking for rubies in the region.
Believing the find to be vibrant sapphire, D'Souza had no idea he had
stumbled on an entirely new specimen. Gemological tests revealed that the
crystal had a composition more complex than sapphire, and that its color was
more intriguing, more alluring, and more exotic than any other gemstone.
Tanzania to Tiffany's
Word about the remarkable discovery in Tanzania soon reached celebrated New
York jewelers, Tiffany & Co., gemological pioneers since the late 19th
century. At that time, Henry B Platt, great grandson of Louis Comfort
Tiffany, and later president and chairman, was working with Tiffany's
President, Walter Hoving, shaping and directing jewelry collections.
Awed by the stone's exquisite beauty, Platt named it 'tanzanite' after its
country of origin, and launched it at Tiffany's in October 1968, remarking
that it was undoubtedly 'the most beautiful blue stone discovered in over 2
Tiffany's initiated the first tanzanite advertising campaign, declaring that
tanzanite could be found in only two places on earth - Tanzania and
'1000 times rarer than diamonds'
Tanzanite is a rare and precious gemstone variety of the mineral zoisite.
While zoisite itself occurs widely, the random presence of vanadium in the
same vicinity under exacting geological conditions more than 585 million
years ago created the ideal environment for tanzanite’s conception.
Tanzanite’s formation is so rare that it has been described as being ‘more
astounding than the stone itself’.
Found only in Tanzania
The world’s only known source of tanzanite occurs beneath the sweeping
grasslands in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, East
Africa. Spawned during the Pan-African Event, when massive geological
activity ripped Africa from India and set Asia adrift from North America,
tanzanite’s geology is so unique that it has been described as a geological
Indeed, experts maintain that the chance of tanzanite occurring elsewhere in
the world is one in a million.
Just one generation
This geology is rendered even more phenomenal by the fact that the source is
limited to a single generation. Those fortunate enough to already own
tanzanite, and those who acquire it in the next decade or so will be the
only first-time owners. Thereafter, tanzanite will become a precious
Tanzanite, the Birthstone
In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) selected tanzanite as
the December birthstone, adding it to a list of birthstones unchanged since
Despite its official status, tanzanite is regarded as the birthstone,
irrespective of the month, as the celebration of new life and new
Besides being recognized as the birthstone, tanzanite will, because of its
limited availability, become the gemstone of just one generation, adding to
its appeal as an heirloom, to be handed down to future generations.
This growing tradition has its roots is Maasai custom, which upholds the
color blue as sacred and spiritual. According to Maasai folklore, only women
blessed with fertility, with the miracle of new life, have the honor of
wearing blue beads and fabric.
Since the discovery of tanzanite, a new tradition has evolved whereby Maasai
chiefs give tanzanite to their wives on the birth of a baby to bestow upon
the child a healthy, positive and prosperous life.
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