The Tanzanite, with its deep blue hue, was discovered rather recently in the 20th century.
When viewed at different angles, this blue gem with high clarity can appear blue, indigo and burgundy.
Tanzanite is a variety of the mineral zoisite.
Although zoisite has been known for a couple of centuries, this clear violet-blue gemstone came under international attention in recent decades after it was discovered in Tanzania on the African continent, and was marketed as Tanzanite after its place of origin.
The tanzanite’s relatively low hardiness is often seen as its major weakness. As such, it is often not considered durable enough to last for generations, yet legions of fans are happy to enjoy its ephemeral beauty.
Considering its relative lack of hardiness, choosing a tanzanite pendant over a tanzanite ring is likely to preserve the longevity of the jewellery.