Tanzanite was first discovered in the 1960s at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a country in East Africa. It occurs naturally as reddish brown and must be heated to bring out its signature colors of blue, purple, and burgundy. It quickly became popular, and from between 1967 and 1971, about two million carats of tanzanite had been mined and processed.
Tanzanite is not the gem's original name. Its original name was blue zoisite. One of the gem's first American retailers, Tiffany & Co, feared this name sounded too much like “blue suicide.” Although the gem was breathtaking, the company feared the name would prohibit customers from making the purchase. Tiffany & Co used the gem's country of origin as the basis for the new name and “tanzanite” was born.
December's birthstone is famous for its trichoism, or the specific property within a gem of exhibiting three different colors at three different viewing angles. Tanzanite's colors, which include winter blues, luxurious purples, and welcoming burgundies, are perfect reminders of this holiday season. Tanzanite is soft and perfect for setting in jewelry. They make breathtaking tanzanite pendants and tanzanite rings. .It's unique trichoism makes tanzanite birthstone jewelry the perfect birthday gift for a loved one born in December or the perfect holiday gift for any loved one.