Tanzanite Gemstones Buying Guide

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The Tanzanite stone has been named the gemstone of this generation and is one of the rarest gemstones in the world. Although diamonds are higher priced due to its use in both the fashion and industrial sectors, the Tanzanite stone can only be found in one place worldwide. Named by Tiffany & Co from the country of its origin, Tanzania, which is located on the Eastern side of the vast continent of Africa. The stone is referred to as, “the gemstone of the generation” because it is only mined in a select part of Tanzania, which is at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro with the mining area only being 4 Kilometers in width and 2 Kilometers in length. In the years 1998 and 1999, the stone was the world’s best-selling gemstone and its demand has increased steadily since then.

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The gem was formed 500 million years ago, combing the eruption of Mount Kilimanjaro, high pressure and heat and the Vanadium chemical. In its original state, the stone is a dirty brown color and therefore was not found and mined sooner. The stone is heat treated in order to attain its radiant multifaceted colors. The gemstone changes colors from light blue, indigo, violet to lilac depending on the reflections of light. Tanzanite is approximately 1000 times more rare than the diamond, but in comparison to buying a diamond, it is a lot cheaper. Geologists estimate that the mining period of this stone will be no more than 25 years, making our generation the last ones to get our hands on this stone!

This gemstone is not a very hard, being a combination of calcium aluminum silicate. On the Mohs scale, the stone has a value of between 6.5 to 7. It is thus advisable to be careful whilst wearing the stone in order to prevent any damage. This gemstone should not be put in ultrasonic baths for cleaning and contact with any acids should be avoided. The best wear for this stone would be as pendants or earrings rather than rings, for ease of care and durability of the gem. Any type of cut and shape is possible for this stone, allowing a wide range of different designer cuts and shapes to suit all buyers tastes.

The Tanzanite stone colors range from a very dark and intense blue to a very pale, almost baby blue color. Those gems that have the strongest and most vibrant blue, indigo/ blue or purple/blue color are the most sought after and the more valuable crystals. As with the majority of rare crystals, the smaller gems are more easily found in comparison to larger stones. Generally, the larger the gemstone is, the more vibrant its color will be.

Tanzanite crystal is one of the most sought after and valuable stones with regards to the metaphysical. The stone is associated with powers of spirituality and connecting with your inner psychic powers. The crystal is said to bring properties of protectiveness and security combine the heart and the mind. The gemstone assists in connecting with your third eye Chakra, which is in between your brows, whilst still providing a layer of protection, so that these psychic visions do not become too overwhelming for you. Clearing of this Chakra helps you see the inner and outer world and brings forth your intuition. The stone assists in communication barriers and has calm and soothing properties to the wearer. In addition, it is said to help boost your immune system, detoxify the body and increase fertility in women.

Tanzanite stones

A world leader in the sale of Tanzanite stones, Top Tanzanite has a vast collection of loose stones of different cuts as well as designed rings, pendants, earrings, and studs. With over 30 years of experience in wholesale gemstones, the professional Tanzanite experts can help you pick the perfect stone, to suit your requirements. The calibrated stones as well at the single stones come in a number of different shapes and cuts. Clients are able to choose from the cushion, pear, round, marquise, oval shapes and the emerald and trillion cut.

The exquisite rings at Top Tanzanite come in 14 karats white, rose or yellow gold. The earrings, pendants, and studs ranges have the option of white gold, yellow gold, and sterling silver. The prices range from approximately $100 to $10,000 providing you with a large selection of exquisitely crafted jewelry to suit your budget requirements. The Company has a conflict-free sourcing of Tanzanite policy and is a part of the Tucson Tanzanite Protocol, which ensures that an ethical route of the Tanzanite gemstone supply is maintained at all times by strengthening controls and restricting illegal mining in Tanzania. The owners of Top Tanzanite have been trading this precious gemstone since 1978 and the Company now has one of the largest collection of the Tanzanite gemstone.

High-quality Tanzanite products, sourced, cut, polished and crafted into the perfect piece of jewelry by Top Tanzanite, gives you the confidence and assurance of genuine quality stones for reasonable prices. The online website offers secure payments and frees shipment on all orders and has the utmost confidence in their products by offering a free 30 day returns policy for a full refund from the invoice date.

Tiffany and Company stated, “Tanzanite is the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2000 years”, and to this day the statement still hold true for many people. Buyers of this stone are generally those who want to be apart from the rest. They have a keen eye for spotting a good investment and cashing in on it immediately. With the supply diminishing, the value and price for these stone will only get higher with time.

Those who invest in this precious gemstone now will never regret the decision! The colors and beauty of the stone exude vitality, youth, confidence combined with a timeless elegance. The stone can be worn by both men and women of all ages, and one day, when the supply has completely depleted can be passed on from generation to generation as a family heirloom. With the crystals gorgeous hues of color, adaptability of different designs and cuts, limited supply, natural beauty and spiritual and protective properties, this stone is clearly a wise man’s choice!

Miami – A Place for Tanzanite!

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Zoisite Tanzanite Rough Stone

Where better to go for a fall getaway than Miami? Sunny beaches and great food with the added feature of seeing many beautiful pieces of jewelry and gemstones bring excitement to every gem enthusiast! The event planners for JCK know how to attract a crowd and did just that for the JIS Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center October 15-18th.
Tanzanite Stones

At every show, a gem buyer knows they are going to be able to find tanzanite. Tanzanite used to be the stone you would see at almost every other booth because every supplier in the world wanted a chance to deal in this rare gemstone. This was not the case at the last few major trade shows, including the JIS Show, which was 25% bigger overall but had substantially less tanzanite suppliers. Is it because suppliers aren’t as interested in tanzanite? Not at all! It’s only because there is so little tanzanite coming out of the mines compared to past years. With this decreased supply, most suppliers that go to Arusha to find tanzanite are leaving empty handed. Therefore,like us, are promised an amount of what is being mined.

tanzanite studsTanzanite used to mainly be a stone for the U.S. market, but no more. The aisles of this show were a little different than most because there was a major appearance of buyers from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and especially the Caribbean Islands. Because of these buyers, some of who are newer to the world of tanzanite, it was reported that tanzanite was the hottest selling gemstone at the show!

 

Tanzanite Foundation closing in NYC

The New York City–based Tanzanite Foundation will cease operations on Aug. 31.

Tanzanite Foundation executive director Hayley Henning confirmed to JCK this week that the 11-year-old promotional agency for tanzanite will close at the end of August.

Formed by miner TanzaniteOne, the nonprofit foundation has served all ethical and socially responsible operators and partners in the tanzanite industry, helping to implement standardized methods of practice and conduct and deliver ethically sourced stones to market.

The decision to close was based on economics—tanzanite’s prices have been at all-time lows—as well as poor production, repeated problems with illegal miners and theft, and other factors.

“The Tanzanite Foundation was a pioneer in the gem industry by being the first colored gemstone specific marketing agency, encouraging more designers to work with tanzanite,” explains Henning, who has served the agency for seven years. “Tanzanite is one of the world’s most precious and exotic gems, and despite being a small operation, I’m proud of our accomplishments—not only in promoting tanzanite, but in the social responsibility arena where we’ve made a huge difference to the lives of the local community outside the tanzanite mining area.”

The Tanzanite Foundation has aided countless Tanzanians by raising money to build two schools, an orphanage, and a clinic, as well as providing job opportunities.

 

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Treatment of Loose Stones

 

Zoisite Tanzanite Rough Stone

A relatively recent addition to the gemstone market, tanzanite’s limited origin and brilliant blue color has helped it climb the jewel market ladder with great speed. A stone so much rarer than even diamonds, tanzanite in the past decade has owned the position of the second most loved colored gem in the United States, preceded only by sapphire.

Marking Tanzanite
What few people are fully aware of, is the fact that when rough tanzanite is mined from the foothill of Mt. Kilimanjaro, more often than not it doesn’t look at all as it does in the market. Instead freshly mined rough tanzanite loose stones are a dull yellow-brown in color, and it takes skill to even differentiate it from the base rock at times.

If you’ve been scouting the market to buy tanzanite stones, you should have a decent idea of the treatments it goes through. Loose tanzanite gem stones are the hardest to sell as they have no embellishments masking its flaws, so often jewelers tend to overcompensate for these by excessively treating the rough stone – increasing its outer beauty but degrading the value and quality.

Once mined, rough tanzanite stones are heated to approximately 500 degrees (sometimes even more depending on the quality of the stone) in crucibles. This treatment causes changes in the crystal, and once the treatment is complete and the gem is taken out and cooled, its changed properties are retained permanently. Depending on the degree of heat it bears, its color intensifies – changing it from the dull brown to a permanent blue (ranging between pale sky blue, rich cobalt and violet).

Bruting Tanzanite
This treatment can also be done once the rough stone is faceted – that is once it has been cut to the desired shape and its outer planes have been angled ideally to maximize refraction (hence its sparkle).

Treatments impact the color to a great degree, but not all tanzanite gems are blue. Heat treatment doesn’t change the color of the rough stone, it only brings out and intensifies the already existing shade. Hues range from blues to violets to red-purple, some even with tints of grey, brown and green. Even so, the most valuable still remains the deep blue ones.

Tanzanite is originally a form of zoisite – chemical composition and all. Its name is specific to this crystalline form, which means that its properties are the same as that of zoisite – originally a rock that is brown, pink or grey in color.

Polish Tanzanite
Of course, don’t be fooled, tanzanite loose stones do come out of the ground in their original blue shade as well; having been naturally heated inside the earth by the temperatures of Mt. Kilimanjaro – a volcanic mass in itself. It just so happens that even though naturally blue tanzanite is most valuable, treated tanzanite has been accepted by the market as the next best option.

Blue Tanzanite
Lastly, while heat treatment is accepted, there are other measures taken by jewelers and distributers to enhance the color and shine of the tanzanite. When heated, tanzanite crystals tend to ‘crackle’, which is every miner’s nightmare as it loses its value. Hence they use other techniques – such as coating the gem with cobalt and the like. If you’re shopping for loose stones, keep a check on quality and make sure you get a certificate of authenticity.

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Amazing Facts About Tanzanite

Amazing Facts about Tanzanite