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Published Sun, 03 Dec 2023
Your December Birthstone is Tanzanite

Stone: Tanzanite
Birthstone: Month of December
Country of origin: Merelani Hills, Tanzania

About Tanzanite: The colour of tanzanite ranges from a deep velvety blue to violet. Naturally a reddish-brown, tanzanite transforms to its rich blue hue with extremely high temperatures. They are a part of the zoisite gem species which includes green, yellow and pink varieties.

Tanzanite is a trichroic gemstone which means that its colour can vary when viewed under different lights and angles.

What is the meaning of Tanzanite? Tanzanite is thought to inspire calmness, compassion and aid in the creation of new life. It is also traditionally given as a gift for the 24th wedding anniversary.

What is the history of Tanzanite? Tanzanite is a fairly new gemstone and was first discovered in 1967 in the Merelani Hills of northern Tanzania – the only place where the stone is mined commercially. They are considered to be more rare than diamonds due to them only being found in Tanzania and are often referred to as the 'gemstone of a generation,' as it is thought the mines will be depleted after 25 years.

What is the provenance/traceability of Tanzanite? We are currently working through the traceability and supply chain of these stones, watch this space.

Caring for Tanzanite: Although resistant to normal heat, light and chemicals Tanzanite may crack if exposed to extremely high and sudden changes of temperature. Abrasion can occur and it is therefore recommended as a special occasion piece and not for daily wear. You can clean your tanzanite piece with warm, soapy water.
Discover Meadowlark pieces available with an Tanzanite stone here & explore our Gemstone Guide here x