Tanzanite is the gem variety of the mineral zoisite and is a spectacular transparent blue. According to the book Gemmology by Peter Read, "In 1967, deposits of gem-quality transparent blue zoisite were discovered in Tanzania and given the name 'Tanzanite'.
These beads are, of course, lower grade tanzanite. Watch out for those funky drill holes! They're really rough.
If you don't need a full strand, you can buy these in packs of 10 beads.
- Bead Size: 6mm to 6.3mm
- Strand Length: 15.75" minimum (approx. 67 beads)
- Source: Tanzania
- Treatments: Waxed. Presumed heated.