birthstone for December


from Tanzania

Tanzanites are drawn from the heart of Africa and are named after Tanzania, the only country in the world Tanzanite gemstones are found in.

Tanzanite has been capturing our imagination since the 1960’s when it was first discovered and with its beautiful blue and purple hues continues to captivate us today.

The colour of Tanzanite

Tanzanite’s have a very rich colour range, from mixed blue green to lilac and lavender, amethyst purple to royal blue and indigo. Tanzanites are coloured blue from of the presence of the chemical vanadium.

This magical gemstone can appear to change colour under different light settings, they are “diachronic” gemstones as they reflect both blue and violet colours.

Tanzanite has an intense play of colour or pleochroism when viewed at different angles and can show flashes of red and indigo.

The Tanzanite Story

Tanzanite is only found in a small area near the Mirerani Hills outside the city of Arusha in Tanzania and was only recently discovered in 1967.

Tanzanite was once exclusively sold by another famous jewellery company Tiffany’s in New York and owes its name to them. It was said that “Tanzanite’s could only be found in Tanzania or at Tiffany’s”.

Tanzanite mining, refining and exporting is intensely regulated to ensure that the local people of Tanzania are the first to benefit from this unique gemstone that has attracted the whole world’s attention.

Today Tanzanite’s continue to be an incredibly sort after gemstones that reflect the beauty of the African continent and the country of Tanzania.

Tanzanite at ANPA

At ANPA we pair Tanzanite gemstones with materials like leather, gold, silver and other complimentary gemstones like garnets, tourmalines and diamonds in our designer jewellery.

Tanzanite with its intense inner fire encourages the giving and receiving of love and affection. Tanzanite’s are believed to have a positive effect on the heart and the crown chakras with the cooling blue in Tanzanite thought to promote good communication.

Tanzanite represents the birthstone for December and symbolizes the link between heaven and earth.