A relative newcomer to the jewelry industry, tanzanite was discovered in 1967. It was named for its country of origin, Tanzania. Tanzanite has quickly won over gem lovers with velvety purple and blue hues. A variety of zoisite, tanzanite is trichroic, meaning that it exhibits three different colors simultaneously. A tanzanite can appear blue, purple or reddish from different angles.
Cross between purple and blue, simply gorgeous
A blue, lilac blue, or deep violet blue stone similar to sapphire. It is often heat-treated to produce a deeper blue-violet color. It was discovered in Tanzania, Africa, in 1967, then introduced into jewelry in 1969 by Tiffany & Co. of New York. As the stone is found in only one location in the entire world, it is especially valuable. Wearing tanzanite communicates self-confidence and individuality.