December Birthstone: Tanzanite

Tanzanite is known as a brilliant blue or violet stone, and was named as the third December birthstone in 2002, alongside Turquoise and Zircon.

Tanzanite is famed for its beautiful blue and purple tones. Because Tanzanite is a pleochroic gemstone, varying shades of pink, purple and even reds can appear from different angles.

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Tanzanite was officially launched by Tiffany’s in October 1968

Historically, this breath-taking stone is a relative newcomer to the precious gem world; the first recorded discovery was in 1967 in Tanzania, and the royal blue stone was officially named the ‘Tanzanite’ by Tiffany & Co., sparking a media frenzy. It is said that Tanzanian shepherds discovered the stone after a violent lightning storm, which shook the gems up to the surface of the earth. Today, Tanzanite is a one-location gemstone and can still only be mined in Tanzania.

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It is thought the “Heart of the Ocean” as featured in Titanic was a Tanzanite

In its country of origin, the Tanzanite is worn by new mothers to bestow positivity and health upon their new-born children, but in spiritual circles, its colour-changing properties are said to improve the flow of creativity and new ideas, as well as bringing energy and emotional wellbeing to the wearer. Some consider it to aid in fertility and detoxification. In popular culture, perhaps the most famous of these December birthstones is that worn by Kate Winslet in the film Titanic, in which her gleaming blue necklace is called The Heart of the Ocean.

Whether you’re a December baby or just adore Tanzanite, we’re sure you’ll love discovering a piece of GENUINE Tanzanite jewellery inside your Bounty Candle or Bounty Melt this month!

Below are some pieces that can be discovered this month:

Are you a December baby? Do you love Tanzanite? Let us know in the comments below!

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