The following guide will explore some interesting facts about these outstanding gems, as well as outline some top buying tips when it comes to shopping for tanzanite bangles.
Introduction to Tanzanite
This superb gemstone is classified as a blue zoisite species and was first introduced to the general public and made popular by Tiffany's of New York to capitalise on its glorious beauty and rarity.
The primary and secondary hues in tanzanite are blue and purple, while too much display of violet is considered undesirable.
In its natural state, tanzanite is a brown colour and thus its exquisite beauty was never recognised until a grassfire swept the land and heated the stones, transforming them into brilliant, sparkling blue gems with flashed of purple tones. Some tanzanite specimens have later been found close to the surface if the earth in gem-quality blue without the need for heat treatment.
Main Sources of Tanzanite
Tanzanite gets its name from the place of its origin - Tanzania in East Africa, which is the only place it is found. This glorious gem was first discovered in 1967 by Masai tribesmen in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known as â€˜The gemstone of the 20th Century'.
Buying Tips for Tanzanite Bangles
- Tanzanite is a Type I gemstone, meaning that it is generally eye flawless. Specimens with visible inclusions are significantly cheaper.
- This lovey gemstone measures 6.5 to 7 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, which means it is not overly soft but also not extremely durable like diamonds and sapphires. When wearing tanzanite jewellery, take care against accidental knocks and scratches.
- Do not clean tanzanite jewellery in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner-simply use a soft toothbrush and clean gently in warm soapy water.
- Top quality, deeply saturated tanzanite gems are rated AAAA for their exceptional quality, but due to high demand and the fact that they're in limited supply, means they are becoming extremely rare.
- Colour saturation defines the splendour of the stone's hue-as the depth of colour declines in a specimen, so does the rarity, quality and value of the gem.
- Generally, tanzanite requires artificial heat treatment to 600 Â°C in a gemmological oven to bring out the unforgettable purple blue colour of the stone.
- Tanzanite should not have any cracks or bubbles, as it they increase in size they could cause the gem to shatter.
- Unlike many other gemstones, tanzanite goes well when set into most every type of metal, from gold and platinum to sterling silver, titanium and stainless steel. This makes it ideal for bangles.
- If you're on a budget, it's wise to choose bangles that are thinner since the amount and type of metal used will obviously affect the cost. It's a good idea instead to buy yet buy a few thinner bangles for the charming tinkle that makes this type of jewellery popular.
- When choosing a tanzanite bracelet as a gift for someone, consider their body size so that you get the correct wrist diameter.
- Bracelets can often stretch, so choose a smaller, rather than larger size bracelet to avoid it accidentally slipping off.
- The cut of any gemstone is important as it can make the gemstone appear larger. For example, a rectangular cut stone will appear larger than a round cut stone. A good cut is also critical to the brilliance and clarity of a stone, as well as helping to conceal inclusions (internal flaws).
Zodiac and Health Benefits
Tanzanite is one of the most prized of the metaphysical crystals because it is believed to have a high vibrational energy - this makes it powerful in protecting of the wearer, as well as boosting spiritual discovery, communication and psychic power. Furthermore, tanzanite has a calming and soothing effect and is thought to be a good stone for people considering a career change.
The lighter blue crystals in tanzanite are considered to help the wearer develop patience in their everyday life and assist in dealing with grief. The lighter purple shades bring wisdom of self, while the deepest shade of indigo combines the intuition of purple with the trust associated with pure blue. The dark indigo meanwhile is thought to be the ideal stone for spiritual journeys.
In terms of physical health benefits, tanzanite is believed to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the blood and improve vitality. It helps in the regeneration of skin cells and hair, while also aiding in recovery after medical or surgical procedures.
Tanzanite is regarded as the birthstone for December, while it is said to have a soothing effect particularly for the Pisces and Aries zodiac signs.
Rare tanzanite has an allure of mystery, magic, nobility and luxury. Its vibrantly sparkling iridescence makes it a must-have for any jewellery collector, from bangles to earrings, rings and necklaces.