Tanzanite, discovered in East Africa, Tanzania around the 1960's took the jewellery world by storm with the introduction of new colours, unique varieties and innovative variations. Other gems have failed to make an impact such as this.
The effect of heat on crystals was discovered by the Masai herders of cattle in the Merelani Hills, Northeast of Arusha where brown zoisite crystals lying on the ground with other crystals were caught in a fire caused by lightning and transformed into a brilliant blue colour. The Masai locals became the first collectors of Tanzanite.
Tanzanite, also recognized to be the ultimate prize of a gem safari comes
in rich hues of purple and blue, comparable to the finest sapphires. It is known
to be supremely rare and can be obtained from only one place, mainly the Merelani
Hills of Tanzania which is also reputed to be the Shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The source of its rich colour can be attributed to Trichroic which results in
different colours when reviewed from different directions. Riveting shades of
blue, purple and bronze add subtle depth to the colour. Mainly the colour bronze
dominates but gentle heating (400-600 degree C) of the colour blue blooms and
deepens in the stone.
Tanzanites have a universal appeal because of its unique deep blue colour
with a slight tinge of purple. It indicates an elegant dimension to the personality
of the wearer as it requires élan to carry it well. It is little wonder
that some of the people prefer it due to its exclusive qualities as the next
best thing to diamond owing to it's versatility.
For Tanzanites in especially good qualities and larger sizes, almost any price will be paid now. Why is this stone so coveted, one might wonder. Is it the spectacular colour or the exclusive place of origin? Does the stone derive its value from being the new symbol of individuality? Well, whatever the reason might ultimately be, the answers to the mysterious feeling of grandeur can be acquired only when one has the tanzanite adorning her!.