Tanzanite: A Rich and Beautiful Gem

Named by Tiffany and Company and exhibiting a brilliant blue hue, Tanzanite is known for its beauty and rarity. In fact, the gem is rarer than diamonds. While a stone with this name is always blue, the shade variation is considerable. It comes in light blue shades as well as in vibrant hues of purplish blue. Jewelry makers use the gem to form earrings, necklaces, and rings.

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Discovering a New Gemstone

When it comes to precious gems, people have known and worn the world’s most heavily sought after stones as adornments for hundreds of years. This makes the brilliant blue stone unique because it wasn’t discovered in large enough quantities to sell commercially until the 1960s. The gem is now the second most famous blue stone just after the sapphire.

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Tiffany was the first major corporation to sell the stone. When the company marketed the gem initially, it called it “the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2,000 years.” The stone is a mineral named zoisite, and it naturally occurs in a variety of colors including pink, green and yellow in addition to blue. The name “tanzanite” refers to the stones that display color variations that range from blue to violet shades.

To name the gem, the company combined the mineral’s name with its only known commercial mining location, which is in northern Tanzania. The gem’s mines are all within about an 8-square-mile area within the Merelani Hills, which is by the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Heating to Enhance the Color

Early on, laboratory testers determined that they could heat blue zoisite to enhance the color of the stone. The gem is blue because it includes small amounts of vanadium. When artisans heat treat blue zoisite to 600 degrees Celsius for at least 30 minutes, the process changes the oxidation state of vanadium, which brings about the blue hue, or if it’s already present, then it makes it appear more vibrant.

While heating the stone decreases its value, the heat treatment procedure for blue zoisite is milder than it is for other gems like sapphires and rubies. These stones are heated to temperatures that range from 1,000 to 1,800 degrees Celsius for several days or even weeks.

A Brief History of Tamar Braxton and Kanye West

A Brief History of Tamar Braxton and Kanye West

Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton – is an American actress, singer, and television personality. Tamar Braxton had her first biggest break in music in 1990 as a founding member of American R&B singing group The Braxtons, formed with her sisters. Tamar Braxton released her debut album, So Many Ways, as a trio in 1996. In 2000, Braxton began her solo career, after signing with DreamWorks Records.

She released her self-titled album that same year. The album was not commercially successful, leading to Tamar Braxton being the dropped from the label’s roster. In 2011, Braxton reunited with her sisters for the WE tv reality show Braxton Family Values. The season was the “A” rated reality show on WE tv, and the network ordered a 13-episode 2nd season of the show after the 3rd episode. Braxton returned to the music industry after a thirteen-year break, with her second album, War (2013) and Love.

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The album was released through Epic Records and became a commercial success. Braxton was a co-host of The Real talk show for the Fox Broadcasting Company from 2013 to 2016, along with Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai, which premiered on July 15, 2013.

Kanye Omari West

Kanye Omari West – Los Angeles on Friday morning, Kanye West revealed the lead single from an apparently forthcoming Cruel Winter album. Kanye Omari West is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. He is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, attracting both praise and criticism for his better work.

Raised in Chicago, West briefly attended art school before becoming known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for artists such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial success and widespread critical. He went on to explore a variety of different musical styles on subsequent albums included the baroque-inflected Late Registration (2005), the arena-inspired Graduation (2007), and the polarizing and the following year he collaborated with Jay-Z on the joint LP Watch the Throne (2011). West released his sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. West’s seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was published in 2016. His more publicized comments include his unscripted denunciation of President George W. Bush during a live 2005 television broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief and his interruption of singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Kanye West’s outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy and scrutiny for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings. He is the founder and head of the content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage.