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 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 Clockwise from left: Pendant in platinum with a tanzanite of more than 31 carats and diamonds. Stellene Volandes, ELLE Decor, 20 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 25 June 2020 The previous record for a tanzanite gemstone weighed roughly 7.3 pounds, according to the news organization. Fox News, 25 June 2020

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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 23 Sep. 2021.

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