Tanzanite Flow Hoop


Violet blue tanzanite has an interesting history. A prospector named Manuel d’So ... Read More


Violet blue tanzanite has an interesting history. A prospector named Manuel d’Souza who was looking for sapphire discovered tanzanite in 1967 in northeastern Tanzania. D’Souza was originally from India and had been looking for stones in the wilds of Tanzania. Eventually, some natives took him to an area in the region of the Merelani Hills near Mount Kilimanjaro, around 90 kilometers from his home town of Arusha. There, he found these precious blue stones thought to be sapphire. According to legend, the Masai herders were actually the ones who originally discovered the stone, when a lightning strike set the surrounding grasslands on fire. When they returned to the land with their livestock, the blue stones were all over the ground. D’Souza soon discovered that the blue stones he had found were not sapphire, so he staked a claim with the government and began mining. Tiffany made the stone famous and gave it its name and now it has become one of the most popular gems in the market place. In fact, it is now the most popular gemstone after diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. In its polished form tanzanite can cost over $2000 per carat in larger sizes at retail stores. Tanzanite is far less expensive than sapphire, for which it often serves as a substitute.

Because tanzanite was only first discovered in 1967, there is not much history, legend, or superstition about the gemstone. In Tanzania, however, women who have just given birth wear blue beads and fabric to bestow a healthy and positive life upon their newborns. This custom has been going on for generations in Tanzania

Try our pretty tanzanite creations in silver or vermeil. Approx. 1 1/4" long.  See them in Garnet too!


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