tan·​za·​nite ˈtan-zə-ˌnīt How to pronounce tanzanite (audio)
: a mineral that is a deep blue variety of zoisite and is used as a gemstone

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Think Pink Yoki Collections linear earrings in 18K white gold with diamonds, tanzanite and pink tourmaline are ready for a night out on the town. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Fall 2017 haute-couture collection, paired with tanzanite and diamond jewelry by Marli New York. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 June 2022 Irene Neuwirth tanzanite and diamond drop earrings served as her something blue. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2022 There are three beautiful pendants with different colored central stones, including rubellite, tanzanite, and orange spessartite. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 The collection also includes violet and plum spinels, Paraíba tourmalines, violet tanzanite, sunflower-yellow beryl. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 27 Aug. 2021 As such, the bib necklace is made up of tanzanite, tsavorite and Australian opals that represent the night sky full of stars. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 July 2021 The pendants, earrings and rings are designed to resemble fireworks, with gemstones set at varying heights in gold rays that radiate from a center stone—rubellite, tanzanite or spessartite garnet. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 17 May 2021 Zoisites are colorful gems—the most popular is the blue tanzanite—but this one is bicolor, which is much rarer. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Tanzania, Africa

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tanzanite was in 1968

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“Tanzanite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanzanite. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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