With a hardness of 6 to 7 on the Mohs scale, tanzanite is slightly softer than sapphire or ruby. Tanzanites make excellent dress rings, pendants and earrings, but care should be taken if they are to be worn as engagement rings.
CARING FOR YOUR TANZANITE AT HOME
- Avoid ultrasonic cleaning, as its high-frequency vibration which can readily facilitate cleavage in certain gemstones. Instead, use a small soft brush and warm soapy water to gently clean the upper and underside of the tanzanite. Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
- Jewelers commonly use ultrasonic cleaners, so if you’re having items professionally cleaned at a jeweler’s, make sure to remind them not to use this machine, as it could fracture the stone.
- Store tanzanite in a protective pouch or box, separately from other jewelry, especially diamonds, so it doesn’t scratch.
- Avoid wearing tanzanite jewelry during vigorous activity .
WORK WITH A KNOWLEDGEABLE JEWELER
Because tanzanite is an unusual gem, make sure you choose a jeweler with gemological knowledge and expertise. If you are buying a tanzanite gemstone from us, be sure to source an experienced jeweler in your local area who knows how to work with tanzanite.