Tanzanite Gemstones

Tanzanite belongs to the zoisite family or group. The colour can range from sapphire blue to purple, and in fact the colour may change depending on the angle you are viewing it at and the light. You may find that the same tanzanite stone looks anything from purple to blue to slate grey. Tanzanite gets its name from the fact that it was first found in Tanzania.

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About Tanzanite

Colours range from sapphire blue to violet, lilac and lavender. When tanzanite is viewed from different angles or in different light, you may also see different colours, with some stones this could mean even green or yellow flashes. This effect is referred to as pleochroism.

An intense blue tanzanite gemstone will probably fetch a higher price than a paler stone. However, this doesn't mean that gentle coloured stones should be ignored. These are not only more affordable, but also wonderful to work with for non-professional jewellery makers, since they offer versatility - the gentle colours can look just as wonderfully simply set, or mixed with other gemstones.

Tanzanite Gemstone

Typical Tanzanite Uses

You may find tanzanite in mixed and step cut facets as well as pendeloque. Baguette cuts as rare since they require the very best clarity and colour, otherwise the gemstone won't look quite so striking. As always, the smaller, lower quality stones will be tumbled for beads. The cut or facet is extremely important for tanzanite stones, since they don't have the brilliance of, say, a sapphire. Therefore a well faceted tanzanite is more likely to show off the blues and violets to better effect. Tanzanite is a versatile gemstone and works well with a variety of precious metals, including both gold and silver, plus a range of other gemstones.

Tanzanite Occurrences and Origins

As the name suggests, tanzanite comes from Tanzania, mostly from mines near Arusha, just around 100km from the Serengeti National Park.

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