On the opposite side, we’ve got tanzanite, which is one that’s either a blue, a violet, or a purple.  

This is one that’s very exotic, and there is but one place that has been found, and that is near mount Kilimanjaro. The uniqueness of this is why a lot of people are interested in this. 

Tiffany named this type of stone in honor of Tanzania, which is where it was first found back in 1967.  It’s one that does show a variety of different colors when you polish it and in certain directions that one can view it.  That means that a lot of fashion cutters can create gems that come in either a bluish violet, or even a violet type of color, depending on the type of weight that they wish to keep with this. 

The specific location of tanzanite in where it’s found, is in merelani, and that’s located within northern Tanzania.  The person credited with this is a Masai tribesman named Ali Juuuyawatu, who found this first crystal. 

They also have three distinct colors, and depending on the direction, you can get a variety of stones. 

It is December’s birthstone, and that, along with the mineral zircon, blue topaz and turquoise, are great for that month, and fit the chill of such. It’s also known as the gem, for one’s 24th anniversary. 

Usually, the clarity of this, especially the inclusions, are what decrease tanzanite’s value exceptionally. This is especially true in stones that are lighter colored. The most common types of cuts for this are usually oval cuts.  Sometimes, people also do cushion cuts too.

Tanzanite is much less saturated in sizes that are smaller. If you want a tanzanite that has a fine color, it must have a carat weight of at least five carats or less. 

Usually, people want to get the tanzanite that’s either a violet blue, or a bluish violet, but more paler types are what’s normally found when looking for finding tanzanite naturally.