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tanzanite - merelani marvel

tanzanite choker with moonstone pendant

compositiona strontium-rich calcium-aluminum silicate
name sourcefrom the country of its discovery, Tanzania
folkloric aliases"stone of magic"
color various shades of blue to lavender
color sourcepresence of vanadium
significant sourcesKenya, Tanzania
MOH scale6.5 - 7
care and treatmentRelatively soft, tanzanite can be quite brittle so treat with care. Tanzanite should be cleaned carefully using solutions manufactured for the purpose. As with any stone that is heat-treated, do not wear for prolonged periods in the sun as it could change the color.