What is Tanzanite?

Tanzanite is the trade name used for blue color gem quality crystals of the mineral zoisite.  Tanzania is the only place in the entire world tanzanite is found, making it a rare gemstone.  Unlike most other gems which have been around for hundreds of years, it wasn't discovered until 1967.  The mining area of tanzanite is about eight square miles in the Merelani Hills, near Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro.

What is the value of tanzanite and how must does it cost?

The value of tanzanite varies depending on shape, size, color and grade just as with any other gemstone.  Another factor that plays in the value is the time of purchase.  Since Tanzanite occurs in only one place in the world, the supply can only last so long.  According to geological estimates, there is enough tanzanite in the ground to only last for another ten years. Seem like a long time to pick out that unique piece for your collection. The thing to remember is that, with each passing year, the remaining rough will be less, the mining deeper and costlier, and the color and sizes of rough not promised, all of which will increase the price.  It is a gemstone of high value for generations to come.

However, we are not suggesting spontaneous tanzanite purchases.  You must buy only after proper research and decide what type of tanzanite you want to add to your collection.  At TopTanzanite.com, we offer information to educate you about tanzanite, ensure that our stones are certified by GIA (Gemological Institute of America), and have tanzanite experts eager to help you with any questions you may have. 

Is tanzanite heated?

All tanzanite is the heated to relatively low temperatures.  This process complements the natural heating process that occurs before it is mined and is done to drive off impurities, leaving it more stable and with no structural or chemical alteration evidenced between heated and unheated tanzanite.  The color of tanzanite is permanent.

Is tanzanite a precious gem?

Absolutely!  Traditionally, a gemstone must share three essential traits to be classified as precious:  beauty, rarity, and durability.  Each trait, however, represents a range, and all gems can possess different levels of all three features.  Often, the greatest influence over beauty and durability is a rarity.  Tanzanite is more than a thousand times rarer than a diamond.  Tanzanite is precious in every sense of the word.

What is the composition/hardness of Tanzanite?

Tanzanite is a hydrous calcium aluminum silicate with a hardness of 6.5 - 7 on the Mohs scale.  Tanzanite has a similar hardness to emerald but is less brittle.  It is the recommended that tanzanite should not be the worn during activities that inflict excessive wear, but it can be worn daily as a dress ring, necklace or earrings.

What is the color range of tanzanite?

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Why should you buy tanzanite from us?

Buying from the source for any gemstone is a smart way to buy.  Since we are a tanzanite sight holder, we are providing goods directly from the source.  We purchase the rough in Arusha, Tanzania, and cut the gemstones in our office in Jaipur, India.  We have been trading tanzanite globally, including supplying the major retailers in the US, for more than 30 years.  In the wake of the online revolution, we also decided to serve our retail customers by opening our online store, TopTanzanite.com.  Our tanzanite is the graded according to GIA standards, payments are the routed through Paypal and Authorized.net, authorized online payment gateways, and our products shipped through reputable names like FedEx, UPS, and USPS with a 30-day money back guarantee on the purchase price of the item.

Why are the prices on your site so little?

When you buy from us, we guarantee all tanzanite is genuine, and all merchandise is at the best available price.  When we claim to have the lowest prices, not only on the internet but even among wholesalers, we mean it!  Unlike other websites, we own our inventory.  We also believe in faster selling with minimal markup because we want to share the world of tanzanite to many.

How do I buy tanzanite and jewelry on your site?

It is very simple. Our online purchasing processes are very easy and straightforward to follow. Also, you can preview each design, along with your preferred tanzanite, with gold or silver or diamonds. Additionally, you can create your design by following very simple steps. Read More. We also offer you a buyers' guide, that you can download on your computer, read it at leisure and then buy your tanzanite. Download your buyers? Guide here.

How do I make payments?

We certainly accept all verified forms of payments- Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, select debit cards and PayPal (verified addresses only), through authorized payment gateway, and authorized through Authorize.net.

How do you process payments?

The transactions are processed through full encryption so that your personal and financial information is the protected. Just be sure that when you enter your credit card information, the URL begins with http://www.toptanzanite.com. We do not retain any your financial information on our servers. All transactions are passed directly through to our credit card processor when you check out.

How does my tanzanite reach me?

After you have chosen your item and made payments, we ship your purchase through reputable names like FedEx, UPS, and USPS.  We dispatch your order within 1-3 business days for loose stone orders and 7-10 business days for jewelry orders from the date your order is the placed.  You can enjoy the benefits of free shipping on all orders within the U.S. and most other countries.

Can I return my tanzanite jewelry if I don't like it?

A. Yes, you can.  Other than the items listed for clearance and mentioned otherwise, all our items follow a 30-day return policy.  If, for any reason, you would like to return a purchase you have made, simply email or call us for return authorization.  Our staff will provide you with a return number that we will match up once your return is received.  Please refer link below to read our full return policy.  We strive in making our customers happy and desire a long-term business relationship with you.  We want to be your first recommendation for beautiful tanzanite to you family and friends.

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Why should I buy loose stones? How is it different from buying tanzanite jewelry?

When you buy loose stones from us, they can be purchased either as a single stone (for a ring or pendant). A pair of the same size stone (for earrings), in a set of three (for earrings and pendant or ring), or a larger set (for a necklace or bracelet).  We also give you the option of creating a different set with a minimum of 12 tanzanite that includes stones for a pendant, ring, earrings and a bracelet.  When you are on the relevant page, please click on the 'Set' option and let us know the number of tanzanite stones you need to make your assortment.  Our experts will examine your query and create the best mix of tanzanite, as per your requirement.

Please make sure to notice the different grades of tanzanite offered.  We have done the grading system easy to understand.  Click here to view our grading system in tanzanite.

Tanzanite pricing for 2014

One of the top success stories amongst colored stones, India and China’s growing economy, have made sure that Tanzanite prices continue to go up, and will stabilize towards the third quarter of 2014 - through past records prove that the Tanzanite price has had its share of highs and lows. In accord with prices in Hong Kong and the Tucson Gem show, and factoring in costs from trade shows, online sales and Tanzania itself, it is safe to say that the current tanzanite price falls between $400 and $600 - for 3 to 5 Carats.

Of course, though it’s an economical but gorgeous substitute to the blue sapphire, top quality tanzanite gems are priced as high as $2000 per carat. Fortunately, you probably will see the tanzanite price per carat falling below a thousand as the internet prices of tanzanite rely on trade shows.

The recent mining in Tanzania, re-faceting of the stone in Thailand followed by worldwide distribution has grown to be extremely professional, hence significantly helping the tanzanite price graph alleviate. Luckily the professionalism only stands to increase; further evidence that the Tanzanite price in 2014 makes it an ideal time to get one of these blue splendors for you!

How do I know that Tanzanite is genuine?

Naturally, much like other precious stones, you cannot tell with your naked eye if a tanzanite is natural or synthetic.  You need to have your tanzanite graded and certified by an Independent Gemological Laboratory, as opposed to one under the supplier of your tanzanite, to ensure that a piece is genuine.  For the certificate, always go with a reliable Graduate Gemologist, who measure the tanzanite's refractive index, hence classifying its type.  Our stones are the certified by GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

How rare and attractive is tanzanite?

Tanzanite is a thousand times rarer than diamonds!  It is the extracted from a radius of about eight miles at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), making Rarity one of the tanzanite's primary claims to fame.  Geologists argue that its formation is so unique, the chances of another such occurrence is a million to one.



The rarity and beauty of tanzanite have spiked the value of tanzanite globally.  Being the second most revered gem by 2001 and then added to the birthstone list soon after, tanzanite's value has skyrocketed.  Tanzanite is currently a third of the cost of sapphire, but there is no doubt that with the estimation of only ten years of tanzanite mining left, the value will be hitting new heights.

What is D block tanzanite?

The definition of D Block tanzanite is rumored to be the source of top-grade tanzanite available in the market. Just a rumor.  D Block tanzanite mines are merely one of the four sections (A, B, C, and D) divided by the Tanzanian government for convenience.  When D Block mining had just begun, top quality stones were often found there, helping D Block tanzanite gain popularity and sell around the world.  This rumor still lingers, though a stone being the found in D Block is no proof of it being of superior value.  Tanzanite from other mines is as good or better.  The value of the stone is entirely dependent on its color, clarity, size and cut.

Where does tanzanite come?

Tanzanite, as its name suggests, is from Tanzania in East Africa.  It was discovered in the Merelani Hills of northern Tanzania and found exclusively at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in a radius of only about 8 miles. 

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