Tanzanite is a relative newcomer to the gemstone market. First found in 1967 in Tanzania, it was stumbled on by accident. It was marketed by Tiffany & Co.® as Tanzanite, a relatively inexpensive alternative to sapphires. Know for exquisite shades of blue and purple, the gemstone now rivals sapphires, rubies and emeralds in popularity. The only problem with a natural Tanzanite gemstone is that it lacks sufficient strength to keep from scratching over time.

After more than three long years in development, Lannyte came up with the perfect solution. In February 1996, at the Tucson Gem Show, Lannyte revealed the Tanavyte® gemstone. The Tanavyte gemstone has a hardness of 9 on the Moh's scale, meaning that it is exceptionally durable. But its true beauty is still in the color of the stone. Fantastic shades of blue and purple enhanced with the perfect cut create an eye-catching piece. Tanavyte gemstones can only be purchased through authorized Lannyte dealers.

Please see our authorized dealers page to find a store near you or contact us for information on becoming a Lannyte reseller.