Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Not discovered until 1967 in Tanzania, Tanzanite immediately soared in popularity, thanks to a public education promotion initiated by Tiffany & Company.
Commercial deposits of this semiprecious gemstone are found and mined in an eight-square-mile area near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa.
This violet-blue stone is actually the mineral zoisite, which occurs in various shades like colorless, yellow, brown, pink, green, blue, and violet. Heating improves the color, even changing naturally-occuring brown or green varieties into gorgeous blues.
With a score of 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness (10 being hardest), Tanzanite is vulnerable to scratching, so it’s best to wear it in earrings or pendants, not rings.
Metaphysical practitioners value Tanzanite for its ability to unite the mind and heart, as well as to invite protection from the higher realm. Tanzanite is supposed to help you establish a better connection with your Guardian Angel.
On the physical level, Tanzanite is said to strengthen the immune system, soothe side effects of surgery, relieve migraines, and help recovering addicts.
Tanzanite reduces obsessive tendencies and helps rebuild trust while offering relief from worries. Even a small piece in the workplace is soothing and eases communication difficulties. Tanzanite is a good stone for career change.
Tanzanite stimulates the Throat (blue forms), Third Eye (dark blue/purple), and Crown (violet) Chakras, keeping its wearer centered in compassionate humanity.
Added in 2002 to the birthstones for December, Tanzanite is especially soothing for those born under Pisces and Aries.
Feng Shui experts say Tanzanite in its blue form uses water energy (associated with the North area of a home or room); its violet forms activate fire energy (the south area).
Clean your Tanzanite jewelry by soaking it in warm soapy water for 20-30 minutes, then drying it off with a soft cloth. Store it separately in a pouch. This is one of those stones that should be reserved for special occasions, not everyday.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!