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December Birthstone Tanzanite

The Rarity and Beauty of December Birthstone Tanzanite

Tanzanite has been called the “one generation” gemstone. This is due to the fact that it is so rare, that its value has been rated even higher than the diamond in some circles. Discovered in late 1960’s in Tanzania, Africa, this rare and beautiful gemstone is expected to be depleted within one generation.

In its best hue, tanzanite is a deep purple or dark blue color which catches the light in astounding clarity and perfection. It is a gemstone of great dignity and is even scarcer than diamonds. Samples exuded from lower in the earth are worth more so they are far more expensive. The color of the deeper mined gems are also deeper and more beautiful.

Only Two Mines Currently Operating

There are only two mines which are currently operating to mine tanzanite. One is controlled by the government. So only one can currently be independently mined. This creates an even greater scarcity of this gem so it is in very high demand. This stone will also increase in value over time, so it can be seen as an investment. One of the darker colored gems that costs $3000 today is predicted to be worth over $10,000 within 10 years.

Supply + Demand

Another factor is affecting the value of tanzanite now. China is entering the tanzanite market by buying up some of the tanzanite, which will eventually result in an increase the overall market value/price.

Tanzanite is now considered the alternate birthstone of the month of December, and the rarest of the three birthstones associated with this month: zircon, turquoise, and tanzanite.

Traditional Birthstones for December

The traditional birthstones for December are: zircon and turquoise. Tanzanite was added as an alternate birthstone in 2002. So this offers a third choice for December babies on your Christmas list this season, and it is far more rare than the other two choices. (American Gem Society, 2013)

Reasons to Look into Tanzanite

The traditional birthstones for December are: zircon and turquoise. Tanzanite was added as an alternate birthstone in 2002. So this offers a third choice for December babies on your Christmas list this season, and it is far more rare than the other two choices. (American Gem Society, 2013)

Reasons to Look into Tanzanite

  • It is an investment that will increase in value over the years and increase your estate value.
  • Its beauty is unique. There is nothing else like it anywhere.
  • It is an excellent alternate birthstone to give to someone born in December.
  • Its color reminds one of royalty due to the deep purplish-blue tones and can be worn with any apparel to accent an evening out or casual wear.
  • It is a conversation piece, due to both its scarcity and uniqueness.
  • It can become a family heirloom, which can be passed down through future generations and will only add value as time goes by.

Where to Buy Tanzanite

You can find tanzanite through online auction sites and can sometimes find a good deal that way. But the best place to find it is through a trusted, online website, such as Raymond Lee Jewelers. Located in South Florida, it has been known for generations as the trusted source to buy and sell your fine jewelry. With so much to gain from getting the right tanzanite, you don’t want to trust your luck to an unknown online auction merchant. Stay with a name you trust.

The Time is Now

With tanzanite quickly being depleted from both the natural mines and from the marketplace, and people rush to buy up this treasured new gem, the time to buy is now. Don’t risk losing out on such an exquisite, rare find. Sometimes you only get one opportunity to purchase something this rare and unique that will have future generations wondering, “What is that?”

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