Tanzanite is a royal purple color. It is very blue, but in a violet type of blue. Kilimanjaro is the only place tanzanite has been found. So, this gem is mined only there.
Tanzanite took its name from the country of Tanzania, where it is mined. It is a zoisite mineral that has become one of the most popular gemstones since its discovery in 1967.
The only place to mine tanzanite is Merelani in Tanzania, the home of Mount Kilimenjaro.
The first tanzanite gem was found by Ali Juuyawatu, a Masai tribesman.
Tilt tanzanite and you’ll see three distinct colors in three crystal directions.
While the pale blue colors cost less, it is the deep, pure blue that is most valuable.
If inclusions are found visible to the naked eye, it will decrease its value in this gem.
The cushion and oval cuts are the most popular cuts, but it is cut in many different shapes.
The finest blue color of tanzanite is found only in the gems of 5 carats or above.