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What Is Tanzanite Quartz?
Tanzanite Quartz May be similar to tanzanite in appearance, but it is not the same gemstone. Tanzanite Quartz is either clear quartz treated to look like tanzanite a voilet blue, expensive and rare gemstone or quartz with a natural color similar to tanzanite.
Composition The chemical name for quartz is silicon dioxide, meaning it forms from one part silicon and two parts oxygen.
Properties Tanzanite quartz, like all quartz, rates 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. It is harder than true tanzanite, which rates at a 6 or 6.5. Quartzes have no distinct patterns of cleavage, or common places where the crystal will fracture.
Appearance Tanzanite is a violet-blue color. Tanzanite quartz will have a similar coloring, even though it may not achieve the same depth of color. Some tanzanite quartz will be transparent, while others will be more opaque. This difference may help distinguish it from tanzanite, which has a strong tendency toward transparency.