Tanzanite engagement rings of today are believed to have formed over 500 million years ago.
This exotic gemstone was first discovered in the late 1960's.
There is only one known place on Earth to mine the gem and that is a source deep in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro near Arusha in Tanzania, East Africa.
Why does this exotic gem seem so familiar to wear on your finger?
In 1997, tanzanite was featured in the movie "Titanic" starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet as the ill-fated lovers. Kate Winslet's character, Rose, wore a stunning heart-shaped tanzanite pendant surrounded with diamonds named the Heart of the Ocean.
The rare, brilliant blue-violet stone is a relatively soft stone and
brittle. If you have your heart set on it as the centerpiece of your
betrothal band, be aware that it will not stand up well under daily
However, if you are not planning to subject your betrothal band through daily wear-and-tear, then this gemstone as the centerpiece of your band can provide you with great delight for life.
As to its being brittle, be very gentle. Never use ultrasonic cleaners to clean jewelry with this exotic gem.
If you are born in December or planning to become engaged in December, a fresh approach could be to include this rare brilliant blue-violet or violet-blue gem in a betrothal band. You'll be pleased to know that the most recent change to the birthstone list occurred in October 2002, with the addition of tanzanite for December.
What's so special about tanzanite? It has a rich and storied history
including its ties with the indigenous Maasai tribe of Tanzania.
According to the Maasai, the rich blue-violet color of
the gemstone is sacred and conveys healing, while representing life.
In 1969 two years after the discovery of this exotic gem, it was first introduced to Tiffany & Co. which in turn launched a marketing campaign that created the phenomenon of this exotic gemstone.
Tiffany & Co. named it so as it is said to reflect the beauty of a classic Tanzanian night, and as a tribute to the country of its origin.
Are you game enough to select, wear and treasure your betrothal band from legendary tanzanite engagement rings?