At Tiffany, Tanzanite is Back in the Case

Tanzanite is on the rebound: With little fanfare, retail giant Tiffany quietly put tanzanite jewelry back in its showcases in late June. "Based on lack of credible evidence linking tanzanite and terrorism as well as progress to further controls over trade in tanzanite, Tiffany & Co. has resumed the sale of jewelry containing this gemstone," said Tiffany public relations director Linda Buckley. Following a report in the Wall Street Journal last October alleging an al Qaeda-tanzanite connection, major retail jewelers including QVC, Birks, Peoples, Wal-Mart, Zale Corp., and Tiffany & Co. suspended sales of the gem. Since February, U.S. State Department representative Michael O'Keefe has repeatedly told the jewelry industry that there is no evidence that any terrorist organization is funding operations through the sale of tanzanite. "The decision by Tiffany and Zale to embrace ta
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