Happy Anniversary Tanzanite! Today is the 45th Anniversary of when Tanzanite was discovered. A Portuguese Gold prospector named Manuel de Souza, who was searching for rare rubies and sapphires, came across some transparent fragments of deep blue and blue-purple gem crystals near Mererani Hills, right below Mount Kilimanjaro of Northern Tanzania, Africa, in 1967. At first, he thought it was a variation of Sapphire. Little did he know what he had first discovered!
Officially called “blue zoisite” it was marketed as tanzanite by Tiffany & Co., who wanted to capitalize on the rarity of the gem, because it was only found in Tanzania, but they thought that “blue zoisite” (which might be pronounced like “blue suicide”) wouldn’t sell well.
The world’s largest faceted tanzanite is 12,100 carats. One of the most famous large tanzanites (242 carats) is the “Queen of Kilimanjaro”. It is set in a tiara and accented with 803 brilliant cut garnets and 913 brilliant cut diamonds. Because tanzanite is relatively soft, it is usually set in necklaces and earrings. The piece is part of the private collection of Michael Scott, the first CEO of Apple.
How do I take care of my Tanzanite? ~ Tanzanite should never be cleaned with an ultrasonic machine, or brought into contact with any type of acids. Tanzanite can be cleaned with mostly any commercial jewelry cleaner or plain soap and warm water using a soft cloth. Also avoid exposing your stone to sudden changes of temperature. This includes hot tubs and very cold water. Do not wear when doing any type of physical labor. This gemstone is a bit more delicate than many other gemstones and therefore cannot be worn when doing laborious activity. If you should be getting a Tanzanite ring resized or repaired, ensure that the gemstone is first taken off from the mounting. The Tanzanite gemstone could possibly shatter with the heat of a torch.
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[Source: Tanzanite Wiki]
Blog post by ~ Jelene