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Why tanzanite gemstones are superior to sapphires.
Tanzanite has a very similar color to sapphire, and they can often be confused for one another. They are the two most popular blue gemstones, and both are rarer than a diamond. But are you trying to choose between just one of them? We’re here to tell you why tanzanite is superior to sapphire.


While sapphires do come in a few different colors, the most popular one is an intense royal blue. Tanzanite, however has a unique color range that is appealing to many buyers, according to a blog post by Afrogem. When tilting tanzanite to the light it can reflect a fascinating range of violets, purples, and deep blues; making it a "trichroic" gemstone. This means you can see 3 colors when looking at the stone in the light. Tanzanite is the only stone in the world that is trichroic. Some special tanzanite stones can even give off a flash of red if you get lucky!


Sapphires were discovered in 800BC and they were a holy stone to the catholic church and to Ancient Persians. Although tanzanite is a newly discovered gemstone, it’s origin speaks for itself! According to a blog post on, tanzanite was first discovered in the 1960s in Tanzania and this is the only place in the world where this stone can be found. The foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro soon became mining grounds to a gem that appeared to be something entirely new to the gemological world, making tanzanite a "geological phenomenon," according to Tanzanite International.


Sapphires come in every color of the rainbow, but according to, blue sapphire is the most common and also the most expensive. The tanzanite gemstone, however is one of the rarest stones in the world and is confined to just a few square miles of northern Tanzania. It is unknown how much tanzanite remains on this earth so make sure to get your share sooner than later!

Meaning and Power

The blue sapphire is a symbol of energy and healing. It is said to help open the third eye to receive wisdom and insight. Tanzanite stones harness all the power of sapphires...and more. While being a symbol of healing and insight, tanzanite can also dissolve old patterns of disease and karma, according to a blog post by It gives us the optimism and inspiration to move forward while giving us a sense of direction to use these powers for a higher good. 
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