Tanzanite is a fairly new precious gemstone that was only recently discovered in 1967. Adding to its appeal is the fact it is only found in one location in the world: in Northern Tanzania, which serves as its namesake, and the gemstone was named for the country where it is found. It is classified under the zoisite mineral family.
Tanzanite is viable alternative to more expensive sapphires when used for an engagement ring. It is rated between 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs scale, which is a rather sturdy and durable gemstone and will last a lifetime. Part of the appeal of Tanzanite is its uniqueness, limited supply, and ability to be cut in a variety of sizes and shapes, even larger cuts. Additionally, it is possible to get a much larger carat of Tanzanite for about the same price as a smaller carat diamond or sapphire.
What Does Tanzanite Look Like?
Tanzanite is a blue coloured gemstone that ranges in shades from a light bluish purple to a more rich and deeper, brighter blue to a darker purplish blue. The colour and shade of Tanzanite is determined on the quality of gemstone as well as how it is cut and processed. An interesting aspect of this precious gemstone is how it appearance changes as a result of its pleochorism.
Pleochorism is the ability of Tanzanite, and other coloured gemstones, to look like a different shade or colour when viewing the cut of the crystal from different directions and in different lighting conditions. For instance, when viewed under fluorescent lighting, the blues of the gemstone are much more evident. On the other hand, viewing the gemstone under incandescent lighting causes the purplish shades to be more noticeable. In addition, viewing the stone at different angles while exposed to direct and indirect sunlight will bring out varying shades of blues and purple tones.
Is Tanzanite a Popular Gemstone?
When Tanzanite was first introduced to the general public, back in 1968, it quickly became a popular gemstone for those with an eye for exotic, unusual, unique, and beautiful gemstones. In recent years, Tanzanite has once again become a rather popular choice for engagement rings. The blues and purple tones and shades work well with both silver and gold settings. In addition, the luster, clarity, and rich hues are further enhanced when it is placed into a setting surrounded by smaller diamonds.
A few interesting facts about Tanzanite you might want to know is it is one of the three December birthstones, which all happen to be varying shades of blue, and also includes Zircon and Turquoise. For people celebrating their 24th wedding anniversaries, Tanzanite is the gemstone of choice associated with this milestone.
The only problem with Tanzanite is there is a limited supply of the gemstone available. As the higher quality deposits are mined and processed, it will eventually make it more difficult to find larger cuts in the highly sought after deeper blues and purplish colours. Not to mention, the prices for the better quality cuts will significantly increase.
For more information about Tanzanite, using it in engagement ring settings or wedding rings, or assistance in designing the perfect ring for your loved one, call the fine jewelry, diamond, precious gems, and engagement and wedding ring Toronto experts at Serli & Siroan by phoning 416-944-3863 now. We have been helping people find the perfect engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry for their loved ones since 1979!