/ˈ tanzənʌɪt kʌtɪŋ/   the skill of converting a rough crystal to the exact proportion and brilliance of a faceted tanzanite


Tanzanite cutting is a specialised process that transforms rough stones into rare valuable gems. The meticulous cutting procedure enhances the gem’s natural colour in its process, birthing a uniquely coloured tanzanite jewel. 

Master cutters employ advanced techniques to reveal the deep blues and violets inherent in the tanzanite, making each unmatched African stone a piece of art. 

The cutting process is pivotal to enhancing the stone’s intensity and value, requiring a deep understanding of gemmology and precision craftsmanship. Tanzanite’s rarity and beauty make it a sought-after gem for jewellery, and experiencing this transformation first-hand is a captivating journey to any enthusiast.

The tanzanite is given to a skilful craftsman, who places the gemstone against a spinning wheel. During the polishing process, the gemstone is given its unique facets while being frequently checked by the cutter; they will make each facet is polished and aligned with the rest of the gem. After the polishing process, the tanzanite will be transported to the Tanzanite International grading facility, where the gemstones are checked for clarity, colour, cut and carat weight.

During the cutting and polishing process the specialised craftsmen will examine the gemstone in order to determine the best cut and shape for the specific tanzanite. To determine the shape and cut of the gemstone is an extremely delegate process; if the gemstone isn’t cut perfectly it will have a negative impact on the value.

To make sure the gemstone is smooth all around another tanzanite stone on a dop stick is used to polish the corners off perfectly. Afterwards the tanzanite gemstone is cut into the preferred shape suggested by the gemstone specialist. Before, the gemstone undergoes polishing it is sent for a quality check to ensure the bruiting process went according to plan.

In appreciation of this captivating gem, The Diamond Works tells the historic tale of tanzanite, showcasing a first-hand cutting and polishing demonstration and wide range of the most elegant tanzanite jewellery pieces – offering the opportunity to take home a piece of rare African beauty.

The Sparkling Tour

Explore the world of Tanzanite in person with a complimentary museum and showroom tour. Book now for a personal experience.