SUPPLIERS OF FINE CUT TANZANITES AT WAY BELOW WHOLESALE PRICES DIRECT TO THE PUBLIC
Gems Stop has been serving jewellers and the public since 1997. Our moto has always been the customers complete satisfaction. Our contacts with the mines in Arusha ,Tanzania have enabled us to bring to you stones that are indeed hard to match in price.
The gemstone discoveries in East Africa in the 1960s transformed the jewelry world: new varieties, new colors, and new variations on existing species made that decade the most exciting time in the gemstone industry in our lifetimes. No gemstone discovered in East Africa has had more of an impact on the world gemstone market than tanzanite, a velvety blue variety of the mineral zoisite that was found for the first time in 1967 and named after the country of its birth by Tiffany & Co in New York, who introduced the gemstone to the world market in 1969.
Tanzanite is the ultimate prize of a gem safari. Its rich purples and blues often have a depth comparable to the finest sapphire. Paler tanzanite has a delicate periwinkle color like the eyes of Elizabeth Taylor. It is supremely rare, coming from only one place in the world, the Merelani Hills of Tanzania, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The source of its mesmerizing color is that tanzanite is trichroic: that is, it shows different colors when viewed in different directions. One direction is blue, another purple, and another bronze, adding subtle depths to the color. When tanzanite is found in the ground, the bronze color dominates. However, with gentle heating, the bronze color subsides and the cutter can watch the blue color bloom in the stone. Legend has it that the affect of heat was first discovered when some brown zoisite crystals laying on the ground with other rocks were caught in a fire set by lightning that swept through the grass covered Merelani hills northeast of Arusha. The Masai herders who drive cattle in the area noticed the beautiful blue color and picked the crystals up, becoming the first tanzanite collectors.
Although tanzanite is relatively new on the gemstone market, but has left its mark. Some in the market have added tanzanite to the elite class of the major gemstones: Ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal, and TANZANITE. Others are calling it the "gemstone of the year." Its popularity is quite phenomenal.
Recent developments at the tanzanite mines are
both tragic in human terms and promise to drive the price of tanzanite much higher. Severe
flooding in block three, the largest gem producing area of the Tanzanian mines, caused
severe mine cave-ins. The tragedy is that many of the miners were taking shelter from the
unseasonable downpours in their claims--and over 100 lives were lost. The mining
conditions were poor due to hand mining techniques and lack of funding to individual
miners, but with the now unsanitary conditions of 100 corpses in various mine shafts, and
the prospect of family members having recently died, remaining miners are obviously
reluctant to resume operations.
A very large tanzanite (122.7 carats) may be seen at the Natural History Museum in Washington DC.
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