The stone Tanzanite, named after its country of origin Tanzania, popular for its intense deep violet to blue color. Tanzanite is actually the commercial name given to the mineral Zoisite. This beautiful gem is increasingly being used in fine jewelry across the globe instead of the much-used and hugely popular blue sapphire. Its chemical composition is hydrous calcium Aluminium silicate. Zoisite occurs in many colors such as pink, brown, yellow, green, blue and a peculiar color described as â€˜khakiâ€™. Only the deep violet to blue colored variety is referred to and marketed as Tanzanite. image courtesy: http://www.tanzaniteone.com
Deep blue, untreated, uncut, raw tanzanite stone.
Cut, polished, loose Tanzanite stones.
Uncut, untreated Tanzanite stone.
Cleaning rough Tanzanite stones.
Just mined largest Tanzanite stone on the hands of a worker.
Tanzanite stone being cut, polished and sorted.
Tanzanite Mine in Tanzania.
Tanzanite processing plant in Tanzania.
Actress Terri Hatcher wearing a Tanzanite Ring.
Mine workers showing largest Tanzanite Stone found in one of the Tanzania's Mine.
'Roc-A-Fella Records' co-founder Damon Dash wearing a Tanzanite Ring.
A mine worker, showing largest Tanzanite stone.
Platinum ring with a Deep blue Tanzanite stone.
Tanzanite Stones, cut and polished.