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The Tanzanite Gemstone

The unattainable romantic lure of gemstones.

Fun Facts

    • 3 colours

Tilt The Tanzanite in different directions of light and you’ll see three distinct colours as you graduate through the directions.

    • Depleting soon

The mine source is estimated to be depleted in the next 30 years (as from 2013)

    • One Source Only

A single mine in the worlds produces all the Tanzanite. That source – the hills of Merelani in northern Tanzania. Eastern Africa.

    • 1967

Maasai tribesman Ali Juuyawatu is credited with discovering the first Tanzanite crystal.

‘’ You never regret what you will find… behold the gem I have inside. So many dreams to dream together. You are the one who can make me shine. Let me be your Tanzanite.
~song by Yvonne Sangudiax ‘’

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1000 times rarer than diamonds and what would later be revealed to be the worlds most rarest Gem, At the base of the Great Mount Kilimanjaro located in East Africa Tanzania lie – The Tanzanite.

A Jewel only relatively recently discovered but perfected by mother nature a few hundred years ago.

About the Tanzanite

Tanzanite stones
Only Sourced in a 4km wide piece of land the Tanzanite is an extremely rare Gemstone, The Tanzanite cannot be mined anywhere else in the world.

This Gem unique to the African Continent is a tourist favourite as they can truly state that they own something uniquely African due to the above statement.

In addition to its rarity Geologist state, it’s first time owners in our generation will be the last of the first time owners of this Gem. Reason being, its mine source will be depleted in the next 30 years (as from 2013). This has given it the nickname ‘’One generation gemstone’’.


Tanzanite birthstone colours
Tanzanites possess very intense colour and depth. A very rich in blue-to-violet hues and when seen through light is exceptionally beautiful. One could get lost in close observation of the Gem. This already magnificent stone when set in jewellery yields pieces that are alluring and exquisite.

Tanzanite also yields different colours when viewed through different light sources and angles. A pleochroic gem, as it scientifically is called.

Because of the light source, it is important to cut this piece in very precise ways. The setting on jewellery thereafter is then a crucial element to prevent the restriction of its ravishing potential. The greatest jewellers possess the ability to design and magnify the stone within a piece of jewellery and actually enhances its already natural appeal.


Merelani located in Tanzania Eastern Africa had been set ablaze by a bolt of lighting that had struck the ground. The blanket of grass covering the hills in Merelani had been removed and revealed a cluster of shiny precious stones, intense with a deep blue-purple colour and had been formed hundreds of years ago.

These stones, stumbled upon by a local Maasai tribesman named Ali Juuyawat in 1976 had discovered the worlds rarest and most precious gem.

Their popularity skyrocketed.

The exotic Tanzanite is only found in only one place on earth, the base of Great mount Kilimanjaro.

It was named in honour of its birth location Tanzania.

How valuable are they?
The more vivid the colour the more sought after the Tanzanite stone will be. This statement also applies to most other Gemstones.

Stones over 5 carats have a higher colour saturation than those less than 5 carats.

Tanzanite rings in group

Tanzanite Gemstone Mythology

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Tanzania’s Maasai woman receive the Topaz Gemstone as a gift whenever they go through childbirth. Legend states that this bestows their children with a life full of health, success and calamity.

It is said that ancient Celtic chiefs used Tanzanite gemstones in the process of defining the next tribal leaders. It assists in self-exploration.

Adhering to this, This December, a Tanzanite piece of jewellery is perfect for gifting. A world of symbolism behind it ensures additional admiration because of the thought put in.
Whether spoiling yourself or spoiling someone else.

View Our Tanzanite Collection here or visit our stores to see a wider Range of these Magnificent gemstones.

Enquiries about the piece? Do not hesitate to contact us.

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