So then what kind of Tanzanite could I possibly recommend? If you’re willing to stick to pendants and earrings, or a non-everyday ring (which you’ll take off when you do heavy lifting, possibly also when you sleep or take a shower), or an oval or round piece that’s safely bezeled, then I think you should buy Tanzanite that’s not been heated.
Somewhere between 2% and 5% of the Tanzanite currently mined comes out of the ground a nice minty to olivy green with purple flashes around the sides or back. Some smaller pieces also come out a light purple. Since Tanzanite is always very clean and sparkly, so it can look gorgeous against silver or white gold. The other 95% are better off heated, the material is light brown or yellow and not that attractive. Every once in a blue moon, they still find fully rich purple Tanzanite in the ground as well, but most of it has at least a green tinge to it, and even that’s rare. So for unheated Tanzanite, what you will get is green and light purple.
And these 2-5% greenies are hard to find! In part, because many gem sellers don’t even think about not heating their material. Just last week, I chatted with another gem dealer about Tanzanite and he said he had some nice huge pieces but they were still green and had to be sent for heating. When I suggested he sell them the way they are he was totally surprised. Unheated Tanzanite is for a niche market, not mass market, it takes a bit of looking to find it, and it is available only in small quantities. What that sums up to is: the right stone for me. And I have been buying it. Some photos below.
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