tan·​za·​nite | \ˈtan-zə-ˌnīt \

Definition of tanzanite 

: a mineral that is a deep blue variety of zoisite and is used as a gemstone

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The designs are both graphic and organic-feeling — a fresh take on florals in platinum, diamonds, and tanzanite. The Cut, "Why “Tiffany Blue” Was All Over Instagram This Month," 18 May 2018 Then came the coloration: blue and purple, from sapphires and tanzanite, a gemstone that Tiffany introduced to the world in 1968; and white and yellow, from the diamonds for which the company is famous. Reed Krakoff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Garden State: Reed Krakoff's First Collection for Tiffany & Co.," 2 May 2018 The collection combines tiny abstract pieces of diamonds, blue tanzanite, and yellow diamonds to create petals. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "See the First Jewelry Collection by Tiffany’s New Artistic Director," 1 May 2018 After Beyoncé delivered Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, Jay Z gifted her with an (appropriately-colored) near-10 carat blue tanzanite ring, estimated at $35,000. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Just Got a $1.4 Million 'Push Present', Because Obviously," 25 Feb. 2018 Among the necklaces with important stones concealing vanitas, or secret rings whose gems pivot to reveal a tiny compartment, was a first outing for this secret watch in tanzanite and full-on diamonds. Vogue, "Charlotte Chesnais’s Emerald Solitaire, and All the Highlights from the Couture Jewelry Presentations," 26 Jan. 2018 These earrings are crafted in 18-karat white gold and platinum to highlight emeralds totaling 5.46 carats, tanzanites totaling 16.26 carats, and white diamonds totaling 4.38 carats; price upon request, chopard.com. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "How to Sparkle at the Emmys: 10 High-Jewelry Pieces Perfect for the Carpet," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of tanzanite

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tanzanite

Tanzania, Africa

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