[ tan-zuh-nahyt ]
/ ˈtæn zəˌnaɪt /


Mineralogy. a variety of zoisite valued as a gem for its purplish-blue color and strong pleochroism.

Origin of tanzanite

1965–70; named after Tanzania, where found; see -ite1
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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.

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