Gemological Institute of America staff, students, and guests were treated to an array of tanzanite and tanzanite jewelry and a presentation from Sarah Cort and Anna Haber, managing and operations directors, respectively, for the Tanzanite Foundation.
“The Tanzanite Foundation: A Celebration of Life” was the most recent in a series of GIA Museum Lectures this year. The presentation reviewed the rich history of tanzanite, including its ties with the indigenous Masai tribe of Tanzania. According to the Masai, the rich blue color of tanzanite is sacred and conveys healing, while representing life.
“It’s been a privilege to have this exhibit here at GIA, especially since this is the last time these pieces will be displayed in the U.S.,” said Elise Misiorowski, director of the GIA Museum. “This unique jewelry collection demonstrates the versatility of tanzanite in modern jewelry design.”
“We’re very pleased to have shared these brilliant tanzanite designs at GIA,” said Cort. “By increasing awareness of the beauty and importance of tanzanite, we can further protect the future of this valuable stone.”
During the lecture Cort and Haber showcased the 21 award-winning pieces from the Tanzanite Celebration of Life Jewelry Design Awards, held earlier this year in New York.