Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tanzanite is talk of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

Three different prominent mineral collectors told me to make sure I saw the tanzanite exhibit on the main floor of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show yesterday.   My amateur snapshots don't do it justice.

In addition, John Rankovan, helping staff the Mineralogical Society of America booth, showed me a beautiful  diopside crystal from a new discovery in the tanzanite deposit in Zambia.  It was brilliant green and more transparent and clear than any either of us have seen.


  1. Tanzanite is so beautiful! We have such amazing gems here in our beautiful Arizona! Cheers~

  2. Relephant11:58 PM

    Must be a mistake - Tanzanite is only found in one place in Northern Tanzania (Merelani) and geologists don't expect it to be found anywhere else in the world. It is therefore not only beautiful but also a rare and finite resource that will run out in time. Maybe the reference to the Zambian mine concerns a Zambian Emerald mine ?