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Tanzanite vs. Sapphire: Understanding the Differences

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In the world of gemstones, tanzanite and sapphire are two captivating options that are significantly popular. While both gemstones share certain similarities, they possess distinct characteristics that set them apart. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between them. 


Tanzanite was discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, East Africa, specifically near Mount Kilimanjaro. It was initially used to make tanzanite birthstones due to its astrological significance. It is actually a form of zoisite, which is a mineral that has been around for millions of years. Sapphires, on the other hand, can be found in various parts of the world.

Color and hue

With a distinctive violetish-blue hue, a tanzanite stone is a great choice for jewelry lovers who want to stand out from the crowd. It is also trichroic in nature. Interestingly, sapphires come in various colors, but they are most commonly associated with the color blue.

Shine and luster

Tanzanite has a vitreous luster, meaning it has a glass-like appearance when light interacts with its surface. Sapphire, on the other hand, displays different types of luster depending on their color and quality.


These precious stones differ in terms of rarity as well. While sapphires can be found in various parts of the world, tanzanite is only found in one location: Tanzania. This makes tanzanite much rarer than sapphires, increasing its value.

Now, let’s explore some exquisite tanzanite jewelry pieces that deserve your attention:  

Dazzling delight    

 tanzanite earrings

These white gold tanzanite earrings feature a gorgeous floral pattern surrounded by diamonds. Renowned for its sleek lines and step-cut faceting, the emerald cut creates a captivating display of light and depth. This cut highlights the exquisite color and clarity of the 16.73ct AAAA tanzanite gemstones, allowing their rich blue-violet hues to shine with unparalleled brilliance.

Elegance and romance unite 

blue tanzanite rings

Our blue tanzanite rings definitely steal the show. This one from our collection is expertly crafted in 14k white gold, featuring a heart-shaped gemstone that is securely held in a prong setting, allowing for maximum light penetration and brilliance.

Mesmerizing sparkle

 tanzanite bracelets

If you are looking for something with a shine to last, our tanzanite bracelets are the right choice. This one featuring pear-shaped tanzanites is a true masterpiece that will grace your wrist with elegance and grace, leaving a lasting impression wherever you go.

Beyond rare

tanzanite pendants

If you aspire to be a custodian of a rare gemstone, consider our tanzanite pendants, like this one. It features an exquisite 0.76ct oval, flanked by diamonds on either side. It is an outstanding piece that effortlessly captures the attention and admiration of jewelry enthusiasts.

Tanzanite offers a contemporary alternative for those seeking a gemstone that reflects a more current aesthetic and trend. While sapphires have their charm, tanzanite's clarity, metaphysical associations, limited availability and growing popularity make it a compelling choice for those seeking exceptional and distinctive. Whether you buy them as tanzanite pendants or tanzanite earrings, they will forever be your prized possessions. Experience the unparalleled difference with us at Top Tanzanite. Discover the distinct pleasure when you buy tanzanite jewelry that carries the profound significance of a treasured heirloom. 

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