Millions of years in the making, tanzanite gemstones are relatively new to the gemstone-loving world. They were discovered in 1967 in Tanzania and instantly prized for their mesmerizing hues and color-changing effect. Tanzanite gems are deeply rich in color. When treated with heat and cut, tanzanite displays two colors: sapphire blue and deep purple. These colors alternate depending on the viewing angle and lighting conditions. Tanzanite, an alternative birthstone for December, is believed to have mellowing properties, making tanzanite jewelry an amazing way to celebrate a December birthday.
COLOR: Blue to purple, with shades of violet in between.
DURABILITY: Fair to poor toughness. Has a tendency to break when struck.
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Tanzanite Jewelry Care
Is Tanzanite Jewelry Safe for Normal Wear?
Tanzanite jewelry has become quite popular for its vibrant purple and blue tones. With some care, tanzanite can be worn in all jewelry styles. However, its fair to poor toughness makes it vulnerable to breaks and scratching. As with all gemstones, remove your tanzanite jewelry before using household cleaning solutions that may contain harsh chemicals.
How to Clean Tanzanite Jewelry
Mild soap and warm water is the only recommended cleaning method for tanzanite jewelry. Make sure to rinse your tanzanite jewelry thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth. Let air dry before storing. Speak to a KAY associate and take advantage of KAY's free jewelry cleaning services.
How to Store Tanzanite Jewelry
Wrap your tanzanite jewelry in a soft cloth or store separately to prevent any scratches from harder gemstones, like diamonds.
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