ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tanzanite: December's Modern Birthstone

Updated on February 12, 2015

Tanzanite is a blue-purple stone that was discovered in Tanzania by the Masaai people in 1967. A few years later, tanzanite was brought to America by Tiffany and Co., who named it after its origin.

This rare stone is mainly blue with shades of red and tinges of green that make it appear to have hints of purple at times. The darker the gemstone, the more valuable it will be. These darker colors are typically only seen in stones 5 carats or larger. Stones smaller than this size are still beautiful yet normally lighter, more translucent, and thus are less valuable. Another impact on cost is if the stone is all natural or been treated. Tanzanite is often heat-treated to change its color from the more abundantly found natural brown colored gemstone to a blue colored one.

In 2002 tanzanite was selected as December's birthstone by the American Gem Trade Association. Thus, December born individuals now have two main birthstones to chose from: tanzanite and blue topaz.

You don't have to be born in December to appreciate the beauty of tanzanite jewelry. All types of jewelry from pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings can be created with the star of the piece being tanzanite. Tanzanite can be cut into a variety of shapes, the most popular being cushion, oval, round and emerald-cut.

Unfortunately, tanzanite is not the most durable gemstone. It ranks a 6 to 7 on the Moh's scale of gemstone hardness and is more easily damaged than stones like aquamarine, sapphire, and diamond (sapphire and diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring gemstones at 9 and 10 on the Moh's scale). This means that you should be extra cautious when considering a tanzanite ring. If you do decide to purchase one, be sure to only wear it on special occasions. Tanzanite earrings and pendants are okay since they not as vulnerable to wear-and-tear as something that is on your hand.

When cleaning never use ultrasonic jewelry cleaners as they can ruin tanzanite. The best way is to use warm water with a mild detergent and new soft toothbrush. You can also wipe it clean with a dry cloth, or take it to a jeweler to have it professionally cleaned. An additional note is that you should not subject this gemstone to sudden changes in temperature or high temperatures- such as direct sunlight for an extended period of time.

Do you own any tanzanite jewelry?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)