Frequently Asked Questions

Is tanzanite a precious gemstone?

Absolutely!  Traditionally, a gemstone must have three important traits to be classified as precious: beauty, rarity and durability.  Tanzanite possesses both beauty and durability, and is more than one thousand times rarer than a diamond.  Tanzanite is therefore precious in every sense of the word.

 

Why tanzanite is called one-generation stone?

With tanzanite’s single source and limited supply, it is believed that at the current rate of mining,  there is somewhere between 12 and 15 more years of tanzanite left in the ground.  Despite the numbers, it is believed that beyond OUR generation, there will be no more tanzanite and the buyers of today are the last of the first time buyers of this precious gemstone. Anybody beyond our generation will have to be lucky enough to inherit tanzanite!

 

How durable is tanzanite?

Tanzanite has a similar hardness to an emerald, but is less brittle.  In order to preserve its beauty, simple precautions should be taken, such as avoiding wearing tanzanite during activities that inflict excessive wear and tear.  Tanzanite is ideally suited for occasion wear in dress rings, earrings and necklaces.

 

When will the supply of tanzanite run out?

Geologists currently estimate that the world’s only known source of tanzanite will be depleted within one generation.  Those who buy tanzanite within our generation will therefore be the last of its first time owners.

 

What is the process of a tanzanite from mining to customers?

Mining is done by underground mining and there many large, medium and small, artisanal mining operations in the Merelani district, and a complexly structured mining and distribution system for tanzanite has evolved over time.  Once gem crystals are mined, they are taken to local brokers in the nearby town of Arusha, where they are sold/traded and mostly exported for cutting and distribution.

New Tanzanian laws are attempting to restrict the export of rough tanzanite crystals over 1 gram, which will encourage the development of local cutting factories, enabling the Tanzanian people to be more involved in the ‘mine-to-market’ flow of tanzanite.

 

Will tanzanite ever be found in another part of the world?

Extensive geological research indicates that the chances of finding tanzanite in another part of the world are “less than one in a million.”

 

How do I know my tanzanite is genuine?

Tanzanite should be purchased from a reputable dealer and/or should be graded in a laboratory.  All tanzanite gemstones purchased from The Tanzanite Experience some with their own laboratory certificate from The Tanzanite Laboratory.

 

How did it get its name?

New York’s celebrated Jewelers, Tiffany & Co, heard about the discovery in Tanzania and were the first to bring the dazzling new gemstone to the world.  They christened the new find “tanzanite” after its’ country of origin, declaring it to be the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in over 2000 years.  They proudly stated that tanzanite could only be found in two places on earth, and that is in Tanzania and in Tiffany’s.

 

Should I choose a blue or a violet tanzanite?

Selecting the color of your tanzanite is a matter of personal preference.  The bluest hues are among the rarest, but tanzanite in all shades, from flattering lilac and cornflower blue to deep blue, indigo and violet, continue to enchant discerning jewelry buyers seeking exceptional beauty and distinction.

 

Why it was the birthstone of December?

Tanzanite is the birthstone for December.  In 2002, the AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) added to its’ list of birthstones that had been unchanged since 1912.  They announced that Tanzanite is the birthstone for the month of December.  But irrespective of their month of birth, Tanzania’s Maasai women are honored with blue and violet beads when they are blessed with childbirth – this bestows upon their children a healthy and prosperous life.  So, following in this tradition, the gift of tanzanite on the birth of a bay uniquely symbolizes new beginnings and pays tribute to those who have shown the greatest of loves by becoming a parent.

 

How do I care for my tanzanite purchase?

Like all precious gemstones, tanzanite should be treated with care to preserve its beauty and value.  Ultrasonic cleaning and abrasive cleaning solutions should be avoided.  Tanzanite should be cleaned using a small, soft brush and warm, slightly soapy water.  Gently clean the upper and underside of the tanzanite, and dry carefully with a soft, clean cloth.  Tanzanite should not be exposed to sudden extremes of temperature and should be stored in a protective pouch or box separately from other jewelry.  When jewelry is being altered or repaired, the tanzanite should be removed from its setting beforehand.

 

Why tanzanite is popular for much more jewel fans?

Tanzanite is found in a unique kaleidoscope of blues and violets, from deep, dark royal blue with flashes of red, to indigo, cornflower and periwinkle.  The flattering cornflower blue and lilac shades are hugely popular, and a very affordable option