Discovery of Tanzanite



Tanzanite History

The world’s only Tanzanite deposit was created by a massive tectonic plate activity and intense heat in the area that would later become Mount Kilimanjaro.


In 1967 a Masai tribesman stumbled upon a cluster of highly transparent intense violet to blue crystals weathering out of the earth in Merelani, northern Tanzania who alerted a local prospector Manuel D’Souza.

At first, he thought the stone to be vibrant sapphires but the newfound gemstone composition soon revealed the momentous fact of an entirely new gemstone has been discovered.


Tiffany & Co christened this new gemstone “Tanzanite” in honour of the place of its discovery.


Care of Tanzanite

  • It is best to clean tanzanite with warm soapy water and a soft clot

  • Never clean or allow to be clean in an ultrasonic machine as it vibrates at high speed and the stone is very likely to crack in the process.

  • To avoid for the stone to become scratched or damaged, it is recommended to remove rings before any type of activities which could expose the gemstone to strong knocks and abraisions.

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