Those who celebrate their birthday during the last month of the year have three beautiful birth gems to choose from, the elegant turquoise, the diverse zirconia and the fascinating tanzanite, on this occasion we will learn about the latter, an extremely interesting gem that delights us with its beautiful bluish to purple colors.
Tanzanite is relatively new in the world of gems, it was not until the 20th century that it was considered a gem in itself, previously it was confused with the mineral zoisite, it was not until the second half of the last century that it was recognized as a distinct gem. and was given the name tanzanite in honor of its country of origin and sole producer, Tanzania. In fact, they are only found in one place in the world and it is close to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, for this reason it is even rarer than a diamond.
Due to its beautiful, deep and saturated colors that range from purple to blue, it is often described as "velvety", this beautiful gem also has an interesting property, pleochroism, by which, when viewed from different angles, you can appreciate up to three different colors.
When purchasing tanzanite, there are several factors to take into account.
As for color, the rarest colors are those deep and saturated blues and purples, less saturated or more pastel gems are usually more common. Regarding clarity, tanzanite has a wide range of options, you just have to take into account that in paler stones, inclusions may be more evident.
Thanks to their noble size, tanzanites can be found in a wide variety of cuts, depending on the buyer's tastes, the best one to purchase. Finally, with the carat, it is important to consider that in stones with a smaller carat, the color will be lighter and softer, to find gems with deep and strong colors, it will be better to look for those from 5 carats or larger.