tanzanite

noun
tan·​za·​nite | \ ˈtan-zə-ˌnīt How to pronounce tanzanite (audio) \

Definition of tanzanite

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

Examples of tanzanite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN)A team of Tanzanian miners has discovered the largest tanzanite stones ever seen in the country's history. Ebby Shaban And Sara Spary, CNN, "Largest tanzanite gemstones in history sold for $3m," 30 June 2020 Saniniu Laizer, a subsistence miner from the country’s Manyara region, discovered the two largest tanzanite gems in history. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Big party tomorrow': Miner becomes instant millionaire after discovering record-breaking gems," 25 June 2020 The previous record for a tanzanite gemstone weighed roughly 7.3 pounds, according to the news organization. Fox News, "Tanzanian miner finds record tanzanite gems, becomes overnight millionaire," 25 June 2020 And, jewelry-lovers bid on Tiffany & Co.'s Soleste platinum ring featuring a tanzanite and brilliant round diamonds. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Paige Fertitta and Patrick Fertitta host 14th annual Santa's Elves party in River Oaks," 12 Dec. 2019 The high jewelry includes deliberately unmatched triangular earrings comprising sapphires, white diamonds, and a central yellow diamond; and a tanzanite ring sunk in a diamond star that desperately wants to come home with me. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Nikos Koulis Shows His Exquisite High Jewelry to a Greek Port City," 2 May 2019 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

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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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“Tanzanite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanzanite. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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