First discovered in the Merelani Hills of Northern Tanzania, December’s birthstone, Tanzanite, was popularised by world famous jewellers, Tiffany & Co. As a fairly recent discovery in the world of gemstones, Tanzanite was unearthed by Manuel de Souza in 1967.
Unveiled by Tiffany only a year after its original discovery, it was the famous jewellers who named this blue stone after its country of origin. Promoting Tanzanite’s limited geographic availability, President of Tiffany & Co at the time, Henry Platt, described it as “the most beautiful stone to be discovered in nearly 2000 years.”
A blue-violet variety of the mineral zoisite, Tanzanite stands out due to it’s colour changing form which shifts from blue to violet when exposed to different light. Rated 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, this blue gem is as hard as opal.
Only found in a limited region of Tanzania, this blue stone is valued for its rarity. With regulated mining controlled by the Tanzanian government, the Tanzanite mining industry has remained sustainable and ethical, allowing local communities to thrive from its production.
Tanzanite is admired by celebrities and royalty alike. Favoured by the likes of Kate Middleton who was spotted wearing a Tanzanite and diamond pendant necklace with matching earrings.
Singer, Beyonce also wears a large tanzanite and diamond ring gifted to her from her husband, Jay Z, after the birth of their first daughter, Blue Ivy. This stunning ring weighs between 8 and 10 carats and showcases a very vivid shade of blue.
Tanzanite Jewellery at QP
Tanzanite jewellery is a popular choice for a thoughtful December birthday gift. The array of shades shown in Tanzanite means that it is easy to pick a design which best showcases your personal style.
We recommend pairing lighter, violet shades of the stone with soft, blush tones while vivid blues are best paired with a classic navy or a black dress for maximum impact.