Well I have been designing a lot of jewelry lately with one of my favorite Gemstones, Tanzanite. Tanzanite is a stone of transmutation, shifting from lilac-blue to sapphire blue and into deep blue-violet. In faceted form it is stunning, celebrated as the Gemstone of the 20th Century and first promoted by the New York jewelers, Tiffany & Co. who created magnificent pieces to showcase this stone.
It is one of the most valuable of all metaphysical crystals for spiritual exploration, bringing together all aspects of communication and psychic power. Its high vibrational energy invites protection and safety in linking with higher realms, and allows for deep profound meditation. It is particularly helpful in uniting the mind and heart, teaching one to live from a compassionate heart with an illumined mind. [Melody, 634][Hall II, 335-336][Simmons, 392]
Tanzanite is blue Zoisite, a calcium aluminum silicate, and forms in prismatic, usually striated crystals, transparent to slightly opaque, and ranges in color from deep ultramarine blue to light violet-blue. The most coveted crystals are a saturated blue with a hint of purple around it. In raw form Tanzanite occurs as blue, purple, brown and yellow. Nearly all Tanzanite is heat-treated to produce the striking violet-blue color and to remove the brownish yellow areas. Its pleochroistic property provides the shift in colors as the crystal is viewed from different perspectives. In artificial light it appears as an amethyst blue. [www.Gemstone.org][www.Gemselect.com]
Tanzanite was discovered in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro.