Tanzanite, Prairie (Slice)
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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.
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.
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These Prairie Tanzanite were mined in the Jade Fields in central Wyoming, USA and tumbled in the United States.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Prairie Tanzanite for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Prairie Tanzanite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Prairie Tanzanite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique flattened shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth, chunky, and free of chips, with a soft purple/pink color with light tan matrix. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Prairie Tanzanite are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
Safe Handling of Prairie Tanzanite
Prairie Tanzanite contains Aluminum and so should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Prairie Tanzanite Water” for drinking or bathing. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good To Know:
Prairie Tanzanite are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Prairie Tanzanite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Prairie Tanzanite can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Prairie Tanzanite can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color, especially if the stone is opaque, rather than translucent or transparent. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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