Owing its name to the location it was discovered, tanzanite is a magnificent and coveted gemstone that can appear to be blue, purple or even gray, depending on the angle of view. These beads are designer quality, and have been meticulously hand-cut and hand-polished one bead at a time to ensure maximum sparkle on every facet. Beads were hand-selected in graduated sizes to aid in jewelry designs. Sizes, shapes and colors may vary with handcrafted items. Beads are temporarily strung with spacers to protect against chipping.