Tanzanite is the birthstone of December, alongside Zircon and Turquoise. The zodiac sign of this gemstone is Sagittarius or Capricorn. Traditionally, these stones are given as gifts on the 24th wedding anniversary.
Tanzanite symbolizes humility, loyalty, faith, compassion, royalty, wisdom, truth, and dignity. These stones are widely known as the stone of transformation that helps the wearer to forget their past and move on.
Let us learn more about December birthstone, Tanzanite.
Tanzanite is a blue and violet variety of mineral zoisite, first known as saualpite. These stones are high vibrating stones that assists the wearer to develop psychic power. It helps to open up and balance the Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakras. These stones help to enhance communication, govern expression, and it also assures that we are comfortable with truth.
December-born babies are bold, attentive, loyal, caring, strong, and influential. They are beautiful both inside and out. These kinds of people draw eyes wherever they go. They don't follow others and are adventurous and hardworking. These beautiful traits make Tanzanite fitting to be the birthstone of December.
The name "Tanzanite" is originated from "Tanzania", the only place where these beautiful stones are found. In 1967, Manuel de Sousa discovered these stones in Tanzania. Tanzanite was first known as "Blue Zoisite" but it was renamed by Tiffany & Co.
In 2002, these beautiful blue and purple variety of gemstone was added on the birthstone list by the American Gem Trade Association. As these stones were recently discovered, they don't hold much of history.
Mount Kilimanjaro was formed due to the movement of tectonic plates and an excessive amount of heat. During this process, The Mozambique Orogenic Belt, one of the most mineral-rich places was created and many geologists and researchers believed that Tanzanite was formed in this process.
The chemical formula of Tanzanite is Ca₂Al₃(SiO₄)₃(OH). These stones have a hardness of 6.5 on the Mohs scale and they have a vitreous luster.
Tanzanite is a beautiful stone that is a type of its own.
Tanzanite is mined commercially at only one location, Tanzania and Tanzania One Mining Ltd is the world's largest and most advanced Tanzanite mining company.
Tanzanite's value is determined by its cut, clarity, color, and quality. These stones with rich colors are worth $300-$425 per carat. In 2005, the world's largest rough Tanzanite stone weighing an astounding 16,839 carat was mined by Tanzania One Mining Ltd.
Tanzanite has no industrial use, however, they are used as gemstones in jewelry like - necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring.
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