What is a clarity on tanzanite?
A tanzanite’s clarity refers to the number of natural features or flaws within a gemstone, called “inclusions”. Compared to other stones likes sapphires, tanzanite usually forms into reasonably clean crystals. Thus when buying, perfectly eye-clean stones are the standard.
What Colour tanzanite is best?
The top color for tanzanite is a vivid blue. Cutters must examine each piece of rough and determine if they can cut it in an orientation that will yield a finished stone with maximum face-up blue color.
What are the different grades of tanzanite?
For example, a tanzanite graded as “vB 6/6” means:
- Hue: violetish-Blue / vB – (Blue dominant, violet secondary)
- Tone: 6 – ( Medium Dark)
- Saturation: 6 – (Vivid)
What is good quality tanzanite?
Good quality tanzanite has a deep royal blue or violet colour. Colours range from rich royal blues or vibrant violet to paler shades.
What is the highest grade tanzanite?
The highest saturation level is 6 which is described as vivid. Whilst you will see the number splashed liberally across many online sellers online portals, saturations of 6 rarely occur in Tanzanite or most gem types.
Is tanzanite worth buying?
The changes taking place in Tanzania makes tanzanite a very good investment stone. Other factors affecting value include the depth of color, quality of color in daylight and in incandescent lighting, the clarity of the stone, the type of cut, quality of cut and polish, the demand and the current supply of Tanzanite.
What color is real tanzanite?
Tanzanite’s color can be a very bright, intense blue. In exceptional tanzanites, the color is an intense violetish blue with red flashes of pleochroic color coming from within the stone. Due to the gem’s strong pleochroism, fashioned examples typically show a mix of both blue and violet colors in a wide range of tones.
Why is tanzanite so cheap?
Tanzanite is so rare because it is found and mined in a small area only four kilometers wide and two kilometers long at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in the Manyara Region of Northern Tanzania. Currently, the worldwide wholesale market for rough tanzanite is estimated at US$50 million.
Does GIA certify tanzanite?
GIA evaluates tanzanite but does not grade it. A GIA Colored Stone Identification Report assesses the characteristics of any polished, rough, mounted or loose material (weight, measurements, shape, cutting style and color); identifies whether it is natural or laboratory-grown; and names any detectable treatments.
Can you wear tanzanite everyday?
Yes, you can wear tanzanite jewelry every day (if need be) but with utmost care from your end. Remember, this jewel exhibits perfect cleavage, which indicates its tendency to getting chipped or damaged if it receives a sharp blow.
Can tanzanite be worn everyday?
How is the clarity of a tanzanite grade?
The clarity of a tanzanite is graded in a similar manner to that of diamonds, and ranges between Internally Flawless (IF), and Included. When purchasing tanzanite jewellery, be sure to ask the jeweller for a certificate from the Tanzanite International grading standard, which will state the gemstone’s characteristics and clarity grading.
What does the SI stand for in tanzanite?
SI stands for “Slightly Included” and although small, you will be able to ascertain some small inclusions with your naked eye. Some typical SI inclusions would be small feathers, light included crystals, faint clouds, possible a low relief needle or two.
Can you buy tanzanite with a clarity lower than VVS?
Shimansky does not sell any tanzanite with a clarity grading lower than VVS (very, very slightly included). This means that no inclusions are visible to the naked eye, and that the inclusions that are present need to be magnetized up to six times in order to be seen through a scope.
Where are the inclusions on a tanzanite table?
An inclusion located in an inconspicuous place, such as near the stone’s girdle, will have less of an effect on the gemstone’s quality, than if the inclusion was located directly under the table facet.