- Mineralogy. a variety of zoisite valued as a gem for its purplish-blue color and strong pleochroism.
Origin of tanzanite
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Examples from the Web for tanzanite
Her jewelry sparkles with diamonds and tanzanite, the color of the vision chakra, part red, part blue.Shirley MacLaine on ‘Bernie,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and Her Lifetime Achievments
April 25, 2012
Word Origin and History for tanzanite
violet-blue gemstone, 1968, named by Henry B. Platt, vice president of Tiffany & Co., because the stone was discovered in the African nation of Tanzania.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper