Be curious and see the world with child-like wonder.
Forgive yourself and others and let go of negativity.
Communicate love and goodwill at every opportunity.
See other perspectives and give the benefit of the doubt.
Let Tanzanite inspire you to have love as your religion!
Healing Properties of Tanzanite
Spiritual: Tanzanite connects the mind and heart so they can work together in a balanced and powerful way. It helps us to recognize what our heart is yearning to do and shows us how we can practically follow that yearning. Tanzanite helps us to ground our spiritual beliefs in our everyday actions. Rather than being a “Sunday Christian” or the equivalent, it reminds us that our true religion is shown in how we treat ourselves, our loved ones, strangers, and the world at large. What we say only matters, if it matches our actions. Tanzanite helps us to hear messages whispered from the Divine, as well as the promptings of own personal Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels. It can also help us to better understand our own intuition and psychic insights. Tanzanite offers protection during spiritual travels and during times of great personal transformation. It helps us to move beyond self-limiting concepts and step into our full Personal Power so that we can achieve our goals. Tanzanite invites us to be a force of goodness and to leave the world better than we found it. It is attuned to the Heart (4th), Throat (5th), Third Eye (6th) and Crown (7th) Chakras and linked to the astological signs of Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the number 2.
Emotional: Tanzanite reveals our heart’s wisdom to us and helps us to put it into words and actions. It helps us to explore what we are being called to do as our life’s mission and how we can best get there. Tanzanite helps us to stay emotionally and physically in balance while we are questioning, growing, and wrestling with life’s many distractions. It encourages us to be compassionate and loving towards ourselves and others. Tanzanite also helps us to keep the big picture in mind and be patient with our own progress. It helps us to choose useful and honest metrics to judge ourselves and our progress. Tanzanite encourages us to step into our power and to stop making excuses. It promises us that we are far more capable than we give ourselves credit for.
Mental: Tanzanite calms a hyperactive mind so that we can think clearly about complex topics and not let our emotions run away with us. It helps us to logically explore the nature of the problems we face and it provides inspiration for happy solutions. Tanzanite encourages us to do what works, what blesses, and what protects all the parties involved. It helps us to see the big picture while also recognizing the hidden costs in the details. Tanzanite encourages us to be creative and consider new perspectives, but it also helps us to stay on track and not waste time on useless mental tangents. It can also helps us to avoid thinking about things repetitively, especially negative memories or fear which can get caught in a mental loop. It helps us to better assess the different parts of ourselves and our past and to make peace with them. Tanzanite is an excellent talisman for anyone who works as a therapist, counselor, coach or healer and who need to be able to help their clients understand the meaning behind their emotions and how to move forward.
Physical: Tanzanite is used by metaphysical healers to heal exhausted adrenal glands and to bring the body back into balance. It is also believe to help strengthen and align the spine. It is said to be helpful for treating disorders in the eyes and skin. Tanzanite is also used by metaphysical healers to find the root cause behind psycho-somatic disorders, so that the real problem can be addressed and healed.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Tanzanite
Mineral Family: Sorosilicates
Chemical Composition: Ca2Al3 (SiO4)3(OH)
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven, brittle
Luminescence: Orangey-yellow (long wave)
Transparency: Translucent to opaque
Location: Tanzanite is a form of dark blue-purple Zosite. Properly speaking, to be called “Tanzanite” it must be mined in Tanzania. However, blue-purple Zoisite has been found in several other locations including Afghanistan, Australia, Pakistan, and the United States (Wyoming). The variety found in Wyoming is nicknamed “Prairie Tanzanite“.
Mineral Family: Tanzanite / Blue Zoisite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Zoisite belongs to the sorosilicate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule. It is closely related to Danburite, Dragonstone, Epidote and Vesuvianite.
Formation: Tanzanite is formed by regional metamorphism and by the hydorthermal alteration of igneous rocks. It is sometimes found in Quartz veins and pegmites.
Mining: Tanzanite is a valuable gemstone and so is the primary purpose of several mines. In other locations, it may be mined in conjunction with other precious stones such as Jade.
Enhancements: While most Zoisites are fully natural and have been enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing, Tanzanites are often heat-treated to bring out their color and to remove any brown spots and patches. Gem-quality Tanzanite can also be created in labs.
History of Tanzanite
Tanzanite is a rare variety of blue-purple Zoisite. It was discovered and popularized in the 20th century. As a result, it was not included in any older lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers, but it is included in many modern ones. While blue-purple Zoisite has been found in several locations, most of the precious gemstones are from the Mererani Hills deposit in northern Tanzania.
Tanzanite was discovered in January 1967, shortly after a large bush fire had swept across the plains below Mount Kilimanjaro. The fire burned away the grass, leaving the ground exposed, and gave a natural “heat treatment” to the reddish-brown and clear Zoisites in the area, turning them a stunning blue-purple. Shortly after the burn, Jumanne Ngomaa a Masaii tribesman and amateur prospector crossed the Mererani Hills and saw the gems glittering in the sunlight. He didn’t recognize them and so he took the gems to Nairobi, a city with a strong gemstone and mineral industry for formal identification.
The gems were shown to geologists and wholesale gemstone-dealer, John Saul, who quickly determined that they weren’t Sapphires, Iolites, or any other well-known blue gemstone. He sent a few samples to his father, Hyman Saul, the vice-president of Saks 5th Avenue in New York City. Hyman Saul took the mystery stones to the Gemological Institute of America who soon identified them as blue-purple Zoisite. The color was so remarkable that news of the find very quickly reached the ears of Henry B. Platt, one of the leaders of the New York based jewelry company, Tiffany and Co.
Henry B. Platt instantly fell in love with the new gemstone, but thought that the name “blue Zoisite” wasn’t very marketable. He feared that the word Zoisite sounded too similar to “Suicide”! So he re-branded the gems as Tanzanite and revealed it in October 1968. The marketing campaigns focused on the rarity of the stone, with early advertisements saying that Tanzanite could only be found in two locations “Tanzania and Tiffanys!”. The gem has been aggressively marketed by Tiffany and Co ever since, even going so far as to call it the “Gemstone of the (20th) Century”.
In 1971, the government of Tanzania nationalized the mine at Mererani Hills. Today, this mine remains the only source for gem-quality Blue Zoisite in Tanzania. It is a small deposit, a mere 4 miles by 1.2 miles (7km-2km), divided into four blocks. It is composed of hundreds of individual claims, both pits and underground tunnels, which are closely guarded and mined around the clock. In 2017, the Tanzania government decided to build a wall around the Mererani Hills deposit, with only one gate, to prevent illegal mining and tax evasion. Tanzania is a very mineral-rich nation, but also one of the most poverty-stricken. It is estimated that only 5% of the global trade in Tanzanite directly benefits Tanzania, the remaining 95% is pocketed by wealthy mining corporations.
While “Tanzanite” is suppose to be from Tanzania, a similar-looking variety of blue-purple Zoisite has been found in Pakistan and is often marketed as Tanzanite too. Similarly, blue-purple-pink Zoisite found in the United States is nicknamed “Prairie Tanzanite.”
Ethically Sourced Tanzanite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Tanzanite was artisionally-mined in the Mererani Hills deposit in Tanzania.
The exact shaft is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low-risk for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Tanzanite was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Safe Handling of Tanzanite
Tanzanite Tumbled Stone
Color: Blue-purple. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
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