The name Tanzanite is named after its origin of source; Tanzania, in Africa. It is a very rare gemstone as it only comes from one place in commercial quantities and is a reasonably hard gemstone (Mohs hardness scale – 6.5 to 7). In good quality the colour range is from ultramarine to sapphire blue, although the colours range from a less expensive light purple to a fine quality deep bluish-purple and bi-coloured examples. Price can vary due to the often erratic availability. Tanzanite is brittle and must be treated with great care in jewellery manufacturing and cleaning, to avoid thermal shock and breakage.
Can I wear it every day? In my personal opinion, Tanzanite is better suited to occasional wear and special occasions. It can be worn in everyday use if you are confident it will not involve any impact with hard objects.
Is Tanzanite a birthstone? Traditionally no however, in 2002, the American Gem Trade Association chose Tanzanite as a December birthstone, the first change to their birthstone list since 1912.
Is Tanzanite expensive? Prices have gone up quite dramatically in the last decade. They are now demanding prices around the same as quality Sapphire. In the rarer colours and larger sizes they are very expensive.
What colours does Tanzanite come in? A light purple or violet/purple to purple/blue range, and in the higher qualities these colours can be very deep in tone, similar to a deep blue sapphire.
There are many alternative gemstone choices that have similar colour & visual characteristics to Tanzanite. If you’d like to learn more about your best options or arrange a personal gemstone viewing in our Parramatta studio, please call us on (02) 9689 3396 or contact us here.