Tanzanite is the blue/purple variety of the mineral zoisite (a calcium aluminium hydroxy silicate) discovered in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. The mineral was named by Tiffany & Co. after Tanzania, the country in which it was discovered. It’s very rare, apparently 1000 times more rare then diamonds. Like most of the gemstones, most of the tanzanite is cut in Jaipur, India.
One of the most famous large tanzanites (242 carats) is the “Queen of Kilimanjaro“. It is set in a tiara and accented with 803 brilliant cut tsavorite garnets and 913 brilliant cut diamonds. The piece is part of the private collection of Michael Scott, the first CEO of Apple Computers.
Take a look at the breath taking jewelry Vogue Gioiello chose for its september issue!
- Rare Gemstones – Tanzanite (contentcentral.net)
- Around the World in a Lightbox: Tanzania (shutterstock.com)
- Tanzania, The home land of the notorious Maasai tribe and the work of The Global Adventure Safaris (globalsafaristanzania.wordpress.com)