Forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Tanzanite
Published on Friday 31 January 2020
Tanzanite represents spiritual understanding, wisdom and patience
Story of December’s Birthstone Tanzanite
Tanzanite changes from blue-lavender to burgundy in candlelight.
How are Tanzanites Formed?
Tanzanite was formed naturally under unique conditions in the Merelani Hills, East Africa caused by the movement of the earth’s crust during the formation of the Rift Valley. Tanzanite is formed when Vanadium is crystallised with reddish brown zoisite under extreme heat and pressure.
History and Meaning of Tanzanite
Legend says that Masai cattle herders first noticed this incredible gemstone some 40 years ago. After they put out a fire which was kept burning all night to ward off to the cold and wild animals, they noticed brown Zoisite crystals had turned a deep blue-purple from the heat of the fire.
Tanzanite is said to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the blood and improve vitality.
Tanzanite generates an energy of happiness and relief from worries.
Tanzanite helps in overcoming experiences of fear and crises, and in re-building trust.
Colours of Tanzanite
Tanzanite is precious blue-lavender stone that appears burgundy in candlelight. Tanzanite can also be brown but once heated to 600 degrees Celsius they take on a permanent blue-lavender hue.
Turquoise is also a birthstone for December.
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