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Tanzanite is a rare and precious gemstone and in order to preserve its beauty and value the following is recommended:

  • Avoid ultrasonic cleaning. This uses high-frequency vibration which can be dangerous as it readily facilitates cleavage in certain gemstones.
  • Clean tanzanite by using a small soft brush and warm soapy water. Gently clean upper and underside of the tanzanite. Rinse well and dry with soft cloth.
  • Never expose tanzanite to sudden extremes of temperature.
  • Store tanzanite in a protective pouch or box and keep separate from other jewelry.
  • When altering or repairing jewelry, it is advisable in most cases to first remove the tanzanite from setting.
  • Avoid wearing tanzanite jewelry during vigorous activity.
  • Tanzanite is well suited to dress rings, neckpieces and earings.
  • If you have a certificate, keep it in a safe place.


• Selling Tanzanite


  • Tanzanite is a rare and precious gemstone.
  • Tanzanite's formation is so unusual that it has been described as a 'geographical phenomenon'.
  • The world's only known source of tanzanite is a thin strip of land at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania, East Africa.
  • Experts maintain that the chance of tanzanite occurring elsewhere is 'one in a million'.
  • This unparalleled rarity has earned tanzanite its own unique place in the gemstone set. The historical two-way split between diamonds and colored gemstones has evolved into a category triad: diamonds, colored gemstones and tanzanite.


  • Tanzania is endowed with a rich and sophisticated folklore.
  • Legend has it that the land was set ablaze by a bolt lightning. The heat from this 'magic fire in the sky' transformed crystals on the ground into shimmering Blue-violet stones.
  • When the last cinders dissolved into the earth and the thick smoke settled, awestruck Maasai tribesmen filled their pouches with the mystical stones, intuitively knowing that these jewels would bring about a better life.
  • Shortly thereafter, tanzanite's first prospectors began to lay claim to the mining areas.
  • The story of tanzanite's discovery is peppered with discrepancies and it is not known exactly who first claimed it. The most widely held narratives states that in July of 1967, a local Maasai tribesman named Ali Juuyawatu discovered a piece of translucent crystal at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Fascinated by its Blue-violet hue, Juuyawatu shared his find with Manuel D'Souza, a tailor by profession and prospector by passion, who was looking for rubies in the region.
  • D'Souza did not realize that he had stumbled upon one of the rarest gemstones known to man. Gemological tests revealed that what was thought to be 'vibrant sapphire' had a composition more complex than sapphire and was truly unique.


  • In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) selected tanzanite as the December birthstone, adding it to a list of birthstones unchanged since 1912.
  • Tanzanite is however, increasingly regarded as the birthstone, irrespective of the month, celebration of new life and new beginnings.
  • Maasai custom underlines the authenticity of this association.
  • Blue has always been a sacred, spiritual color to the Maasai. According to age old custom only women who have been blessed with fertility, with the miracle of new life, have the honor of wearing Blue beads and fabric.
  • Since its discovery, tanzanite has represented transformation and a better life for the people of Tanzania.


  • With a finite supply from single source, tanzanite is an heirloom to be passed on from generation to generation.
  • This generation will be the last of its first time owners - 'the tanzanite generation'.


  • Tanzanite's exquisite color, poised intriguing between Blue and violet, is unlike that of any other gemstone.
  • In its rough form, tanzanite is uniquely trichroic, radiating three different colors from each of its crystallographic axes, namely Blue, violet and burgundy.
  • Once cut and polished, it becomes a kaleidoscope of royal Blue, violet, indigo, lilac and periwinkle.
  • It is this unique color, vibrant, individual and youthful, that gives tanzanite a strong, immediately recognizable identity and contributes to its special positioning in both the gemstone and the fine jewelry markets.

• Working With Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone, only discovered in 1967, and as such some jewelers may not be adequately familiar with its unique characteristics. Tanzanite is rare and precious and should be handled as such. If certain precautions are taken, a jeweler should not encounter any difficulty in setting tanzanite.


  • It is recommended than only an experienced setter work with tanzanite.
  • All methods of setting tanzanite are possible - tension, claw, tube, pave, rub-over and channel.
  • Extra care must be taken with a pave setting - the bead must be lifted and brought down onto the crown of the tanzanite.
  • Avoid direct pressure to the girdle. Metal should be pushed downwards onto the crown.
  • Avoid direct contact with steel tools - the use of beeswax or prestick is recommended.
  • Tanzanite should be kept on a soft surface. The use of plasticine tray is recommended.
  • Avoid the extremes of temperature. Allow for a cooling off period between plating and rinsing.
  • When altering or repairing jewelry, it is advisable in most cases to first remove the tanzanite from the setting. However, if you decide to work with the tanzanite set, insulate the tanzanite with an asbestos paste, or wrap the tanzanite in wet cotton wool.


  • The tanzanite should be the central focus of a jewelry piece, set in such a way as to maximize the stone's brilliance and color.
  • Diamonds offset tanzanite's color remarkably well.
  • Always consider the potential wear of the piece when using tanzanite, it is best suited for use in pendant, earrings or in a dress ring.


  • Avoid ultrasonic cleaning.
  • Clean tanzanite by using a small soft brush and warm soapy water. Gently clean upper and underside of the tanzanite. Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Never use any abrasive cleaning solution.


  • When storing a loose tanzanite and / or tanzanite jewelry, make sure that all items are kept separate in pouches or boxes.
  • Never subject tanzanite to extreme changes in temperature.






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