Tanzanite is a very new gemstone and does not have the lore and legends that many other gemstones have. Tanzanite was discovered in Africa in the early 1960’s. Once a stable commercial supply had been discovered Tiffany & Company became the major distributor of Tanzanite.
Tanzanite was named after Tanzania the country in which it was discovered and to this day is the only place it has been found. The price of tanzanite is very unstable due to Tanzania’s unstable government and social problems.
Tanzanite displays a quality called plechroism, which means its color changes depending on the viewing angle. The colors range from violet to violet-blue with the most sought after color being pure blue. Tanzanite has a 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Tanzanite is especially sensative to thermal shock so care should be taken when wearing it.
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