Facts & Myths
Tanzanite's Single Source and
Limited Supply Makes it Extremely Rare
When the deposits are mined out this lively precious stone takes it's place in history. Our tanzanite will be passed down for generations to come, becoming a family heirloom and offering the world a chance to own a piece of history.
Legend says that is was Massai caddle herders that first discovered tanzanite, some 30 years ago after a fire caused by lightning burned areas in Tanzania. The herders noticed that brown zoiscite crystals had turned a deep blue-purple due to the heat from the fire. Tanzanite is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.
Studies cannot confirm exact timing but as the deeper mining depths are reached extraction becomes even more difficult, so the mining may deplete earlier than expected.
Founded in 1967, tanzanite is commercially mined in only Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa. Tanzanite is said to be found, mined and depleted all in one generation. The chance of finding tanzanite elsewhere is less than 1 in a million which is why people refer to tanzanite as a geological phenomenon.
The finest color can range from a Blueish violet to a violetish blue. You want a gem with deep color saturation. Avoid pale and grayish colors. The more saturated the color of the stone, the more valuable. Saturation and intensity of color together are key indicators of the stones value along with carat weight.
The gem is known to have the power to activate the energies that help in metaphysical healing such as Tanzanite Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy. It stimulates the throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakras, uniting the higher mind with intuition and communication.
Tanzanite radiates 3 colorations ranging from deep blues to violets with hints of fuchsia. This is called trichroic.
Massai chiefs honored their women with tanzanite as a gift to celebrate new life and fertility. Tanzanite is known as a Gem for new beginnings.
In 2002 the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) named Tanzanite, together with turquoise the birthstones of December and also, the suggested gift to celebrate 24th wedding anniversaries.
Tanzanite is said to be found, mined and depleted all in 1 generation. Due to its rarity and limited supply, Safi Kilima Tanzanite is an heirloom for future generations.