Watch this youtube video to learn 10 interesting facts about Tanzanite. This is a beautiful stone used in jewelry. Some say it was first recognized by the Maasai people. Some say a man came upon a cluster of the gems and reported it to man who was looking for rubies. There is a Maasai legend that a bolt of lightening started a great fire and the heat of the fire created the precious mineral.
Tanzanite is found at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Remember that this mountain has several volcanos. The gem is mined from underground. Here is video to watch showing a trip to the mines in Tanzania. It shows how the gems are processed as well. That part was most interesting to me.
The gem is heated to 800 degrees to create the beautiful color seen in jewelry. In 2002 it was made the December Birthstone. Do you want to know something really interesting to us? Elias, Damien and Bri ALL have December birthdays! Tanzanite is your birthstone.