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A transparent variety of zoisite, used as a gem.

[After Tanzania.]
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(Minerals) a purple or violet gemstone variety of the mineral zoisite
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(ˈtæn zəˌnaɪt)

a variety of zoisite valued as a gem for its blue color and strong pleochroism.
[1965–70; after Tanzania]
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This silver Tree of Life pendant is studded with 13 semi-precious gemstones - 2 each of purple amethyst, lavender tanzanite and navy iolite plus 7 white topaz gems.
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Speaking to Qatar Tribune recently, Rajab said that Tanzania boasts of rich deposits of many minerals and gemstones, including gold, copper, platinum, nickel and tin, as well as diamond, tanzanite, ruby, sapphire and emerald.
Among the products on display and modeled by the likes of Val de los Santos and Sam Lewis were some of these prized pieces from the Paper Flowers jewelry line that featured tiny abstract pieces of diamonds, blue tanzanite, and other sparkling stones that, together, resembled petals pinned together.
The Violette bangle, for instance, is a festive vine on the wrist made of oval tanzanite, octagon-cut amethyst, oval pink tourmaline, rubies and diamonds set in yellow gold.
The expo would also feature products from over 30 least developed countries (LDCs), including Ethiopia's coffee, handicrafts from South Sudan and Tanzanite from Tanzania, said Sun Chenghai, deputy director of the CIIE Bureau.
edotco remains committed to Pakistan and will continue to grow its existing business under edotco Pakistan, comprising today of the towers acquired by Tanzanite Towers carried out earlier this year.
Tanzanite, a Pakistan tower operating company, and Jazz signed an agreement for the sale in August 2017.
The Edotco remains committed to Pakistan and will continue to grow its existing business under Edotco Pakistan, comprising of the towers acquired by Tanzanite Towers carried out earlier this year.
In another notice issued on Monday, VEON Limited also confirmed the termination of sale with Tanzanite. The notice said that the parties have not received all the regulatory approvals required for the transaction and the extended long-stop date of Sep 14 has now passed.
Edcotco is wholly-owned subsidiary of Tanzanite Tower Private Limited, which has operations in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Myanmar, along with Pakistan.