TANZANITE December Birthstone
Tanzanite is intense violet-to-blue crystals, that changes colours when it is viewed from different directions. Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area near the Merelani Hills, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro an area of Northern Tanzania.
As the most common story of the Tanzanite mining boom goes, in 1967 a Masai tribesman stumbled upon a cluster of highly transparent crystal.
Tiffany & Company recognized its potential
as an international seller and made a deal to become its main distributor.
Tiffany named the gem after the country it was discovered from, by giving it
the name Tanzanite and promoted it with a big publicity campaign in 1968.
Almost overnight, tanzanite was popular with leading jewellery designers and
other gem professionals, as well as with customers who had an eye for beautiful
and unusual gems.
the instant popularity of this transparent blue-to-violet gem was tied to its vivid colour, high clarity, and potential for large cut stones.