Tanzanite Miscellaneous Information

Tanzanite Miscellaneous Information

Tanzanite prices have been holding steady in the $550 to $650 per carat range for the last 30 days. Forecasts indicate that prices will steadily increase into 2009 as the supply of richly colored material is dwindling.

Tanzanite is simply the crystalline form of the mineral zoisite. Only found in one place and mined at great depths beneath the scorching land surrounding the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (Africa), tanzanite has become a highly-prized gemstone and sought after by scores or individuals and collectors. It is mined with primitive tools, for the most part, by local tribesmen; however, much of the mines' revenues are being reinvested into equipment which is making the recovery of this enchanting gemstone much more efficient and less labor-intensive.

Tanzanite Definition
tan·zan·ite ( P ) Pronunciation  (tanz-uh-night)
noun. A transparent variety of zoisite, used as a gem.
[After Tanzania .]

Zoisite : A grayish or whitish mineral occurring in orthorhombic , prismatic crystals , also in columnar masses . It is a silicate of alumina and lime, and is allied to epidote. Origin: After its discoverer, Von Zois, an Austrian mineralogist. Source: Websters Dictionary

Some of the common mispellings of 'Tanzanite' in the popular press today include:  tanznite tanzanight and even tanzanit. Also, we have the following mispellings entered into the 'log':  tanzenite tanshanight tanzshanite to name but a few more.  Please understand that the correct spelling is 'Tanzanite'. See our other section on common mispellings of tanzanite.

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As you may have read on our catalog site, all of our fine tanzanites are individually inspected and sorted and are carefully hand-selected from thousands of carats of solitaire sized tanzanite. If you require additional info on the availability of any other tanzanite shapes, please click the 'Contact Us' link to send us an email. It is important to us that you have a good basic understanding of this beautiful gemstone and the exciting shapes which are available.

Faceting tanzanites into beautiful gemstones is a difficult task due to the fact that the cleavage of tanzanite is perfect. As a result, tanzanite can shatter very easily if not oriented properly on the cutter's wheel.

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