Awaken and become your Highest Self.
Be compassionate, wise and grounded.
Listen to both your heart and your mind.
Feel peaceful, connected and balanced.
Let Tanzanite inspire greater self-awareness!
Healing Properties of Prairie Tanzanite
Spiritual: Prairie Tanzanite connects our spiritual lives directly with our hearts, helping us to fully access our Highest Self. It awakens the Kundalini spirit and invites it to rise and bring its power into our Heart and Crown Charkas. Prairie Tanzanite protects us from negative energy and encourages to be more loving and forgiving in our relationships with others, as well as with ourselves. Prairie Tanzanite can help us to be more childlike and see life with wonder and curiosity, letting go of jaded “adult” perceptions that often do not serve us or the larger world. Working with Prairie Tanzanite ensures that our spiritual life is infused with laughter and delight. Tanzanite is attuned to the Heart (4th), Throat (5th), Third Eye (6th) and Crown (7th) Chakras and is linked to the astrological signs of Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the number 2.
Emotional: Prairie Tanzanite is a joyful and friendly stone, encouraging us to be more affectionate and self-confident. It reminds us that life is short, and far too good, to waste time with fear or doubt. Any opportunity to express love should be seized and celebrated! During times of emotional trauma, Prairie Tanzanite can help us to bounce back, and let go of whatever disappointment, anger, grief, or depression threatens us. Prairie Tanzanite teaches us the importance of interdependence, allowing us to ask for help as needed and to give help as warranted. It stimulates cooperation, unity, and a great love and compassion for mankind as a whole, and individuals in all their imperfect beauty.
Mental: Prairie Tanzanite helps us to see the other side of situations more easily and to focus on whatever solution is most just. It encourages us to work together with others, finding areas of agreement and similarity, rather than focusing on what separates us. Prairie Tanzanite reduces our impulse to judge quickly and harshly, instead encouraging us to give people the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. Prairie Tanzanite encourages us to think lovingly and logically, seeing the two thinking styles as a single energy rather than as opposed constructs.
Physical: Prairie Tanzanite is believed to Prairie Tanzanite physical resilience and calm the nervous system. It is said to be particularly useful for helping people to recover from long illnesses or major physical trauma. It is used by metaphysical healers to heal spinal injuries as well as numerous brain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia. Prairie Tanzanite is also said to be useful for treating tension headaches, hernias, tooth conditions, and to reduce food cravings. It is believed to be very good for the skin, helping us to keep it looking and feeling young and healthy.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Prairie Tanzanite
Mineral Family: Sorosilicates
Chemical Composition: Ca2Al3 (SiO4)3(OH)
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven, brittle
Luminescence: Orangey-yellow (long wave)
Transparency: Translucent to opaque
Mineral Family: Silicate-Sorosilicates
Location: Prairie Tanzanite is a variety of blue/purple/pink Zosite. Normally, pink Zoisite is called Thulite, regardless of where it is found, while blue-purple Zoisite from Tanzania is called “Tanzanite”. Prairie Tanzanite is a nickname for the Zoisite found in the western United States, mostly in Wyoming.
Mineral Family: Prairie Tanzanite is a form of Zosite which is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Zoisite belongs to the sorosilicate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule. Blue-purple Zoisite is often called Tanzanite, while pink Zoisite is typically called Thulite. Zoisite is closely related to Danburite, Dragonstone, Epidote and Vesuvianite.
Formation: Zoisites are formed by regional metamorphism and by the hydorthermal alteration of igneous rocks. It is sometimes found in Quartz veins and pegmites.
Mining: Prairie Tanzanites are principally mined in the nephrite Jade Fields of Central Wyoming.
Enhancements: While most Zoisites are fully natural and have been enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing, Tanzanites are often heat-treated to bring out their color and to remove any brown spots and patches. Gem-quality Tanzanite can also be created in labs. By contrast, Prairie Tanzanites may be considered fully natural.
History of Prairie Tanzanite
Prairie Tanzanite is a marketing nickname given to a form of Zoisite found in the Wyoming Jade Fields and surrounding areas. It was introduced to the metaphysical community in 2001, and so is not included in any early lapidary, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. The name is a reference to the rare gemstone Tanzanite, a form of blue-purple Zoisite that is found in Tanzania.
Jade is the state mineral of Wyoming and its Jade Fields, found in the center of the state, were mined extensively in the 1930s-1960s. Production recently started back up, but little information is available about the mines. Currently they are producing green Nephrite Jade, Prairie Tanzanite and a combination of the two, Jade-Zoisite.
Ethically Sourced Prairie Tanzanite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with at least one middleman involved.
This Praire Tanzanite comes from an industrial mine in Wyoming, USA.
The mine most likely caused only minor environmental damage and
would be relatively safe conditions for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Prairie Tanzanite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Safe Handling of Prairie Tanzanite
Prairie Tanzanite Tumbled Stone
Color: Pink and Purple. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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