Day 2 - December Birthstone: Tanzanite

Were you born in December, then the rare Tanzanite is your birthstone. The blue stone was discovered in 1968, which makes it the most recent addition to the list of birthstones. The Tanzanite can only be found in one part of the world, namely in the Merelani hills on the foothills of Kilimanjaro. As the name of the stone suggests, this is located in Tanzania.

 

Origin

The gemstone itself is 1000 times rarer than the diamond. According to a legend, the Tanzanite was first found by shepherds who saw a lightning bolt strike the earth, creating a fire which turned the brown gemstones into a beautiful blue.

 

Treatment

Consequently, Tiffany & CO saw that the stone is similar to a Sapphire and understood the potential it had. They became Tanzanite’s main distributor. Presently, 80% of the gemstones found are still brown and need a heat treatment producing a Blue, pink or violet colour.

Whether it needs a heat treatment determines the stone's worth. If the Tanzanite is found underground in the right colour, the rarer and more expensive it is.

 

Meaning

Every colour has its own definition. Violet means mystery and magic. The darker Tanzanite represents your achievements and dreams and makes them a reality. The indigo colour means heart and intellect. The darker the stone the more luxurious the meaning.

Furthermore, is this stone also given as a gift for the 24th wedding anniversary.

Are you planning to add this stunning stone to your collection? ByJacky offers some spectacular Tanzanite pieces you wouldn’t want to miss.

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