TANZANITE

[\ˈtan-zə-ˌnīt\ ]

BIRTHSTONE: December 

ORIGIN: Tanzanite is found in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania.

HISTORY: Tanzanite was named after its country of origin by Tiffany & Co, the initial distributor of the stone. Tanzanite is a kaleidoscope of royal blue, violet, indigo, lilac and periwinkle shades. The beauty of this gem has become a wildly known favorite amongst jewelry wearers and designers.

FASHION: Tanzanite's diverse shades of royal blue, violet, indigo, lilac and periwinkle allow the wearer to pair this gemstone with just about anything! Especially cute dresses and shoes (well those are my favorites anyway). Add a bold look to any outfit with a statement piece like the ones below!

FORMATION: Tanzanite is a variety of the mineral zoisite.

CLEANING & CARE: Clean tanzanite at home with warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are not recommended. Tanzanite should be kept out of heat and properly stored in a cloth-lined jewelry box to protect from scratches.

TREATMENTS: Tanzanite is often treated with heat to reveal the beautiful rich coloring.

MOH'S HARDNESS : 6.0 - 7.0 Scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 3.35 The relation between the density of any substance and the density of water.

REFRACTIVE INDEX:  1.691 - 1.700 The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium.

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