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Tanzanite

Tanzanite Gemstone Information
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Tanzanite is the gemstone representing the 24th wedding anniversary. It has been recognized as helping one deal with change. Tanzanite is also known to uplift the spirit and open the heart. The blue and purple hues of tanzanite are associated with generosity and friendship.

ENHANCEMENT CODE H
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PROPERTIES
Refractive Index 1.691-1.700
Hardness = 6-7 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity =3.35
Species - Zoisite
Optic Character - Double Refraction.
Phenomena - Chatoyancy (rare)


WARNINGS FOR CARE
Ultrasonic: Never use.
Steamer: Never use.
Heat: Very poor; sudden temperature changes may cause cracking.
Chemicals that harm:  Hydrochloric/hydrofluoric acid.

 
 

Crystal Structure
Tanzanite crystal image.
Crystal system: Orthorhombic; multi-faced prisms, striated.

MAJOR SOURCES
Tanzania

Birthstones
 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl/Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal/Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
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