Zoisite (Var: Tanzanite)
Toenail, 3.0 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm
Merelani Hills (Mererani), Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania
A gemmy and lustrous cluster of tabular, tapered tanzanite crystals. The primary crystals have very gemmy terminations on this pristine, complete-all-around specimen. The bit of matrix on one side adds character. The 2-sided, pleochroism color of this not heat-treated crystal is classic: the A, frontal face is a beautiful blue; and the B, side faces are a vivid purple. The base is too heavily included to give C-axis color. The termination is very gemmy and highly representative of the species and locale. Weighs 35.22 carats or just over 7 grams.