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AF633 - Tanzanite $ 6000 Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania thumbnail - 3.1 x 2 x 1.1 cm - Gem quality single crystal, purple on the wide faces and a color zoned blue and green when viewed from the side faces. Partially double terminated, undamaged except for one small nick on one edge. Good color and top to bottom transparency, which is uncommon.
Tanzanite from Tanzania: Tanzanite is an extraordinary gemstone. It occurs in only one place worldwide. Its blue, surrounded by a fine hint of purple, is a wonderful colour. Thanks to its unusual aura and the help of the New York jeweller's Tiffany, it has rapidly become one of the most coveted gemstones in the world.
Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af712a.jpg]
As one of the newest and most exotically colored gemstones, Tanzanite is part of the Zoisite mineral species and is only found in East Africa.