17-12-2019 by Leni Frau
East Africa is a land rich in priceless jewels, not only in terms of nature and places, but also in terms of underground resources.
Among these, then, are real jewels, which if worked with skill and style can become precious symbols of beauty and elegance.
This is the case of Tanzanite, a precious and rare gemstone coming from deep in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with only a single known source that has become one of the most intriguing and desirable precious gemstones of modern times.
It is a variety of the mineral zoisite and varies from blue, to violet, or purple in colour. Described as ‘a geological phenomenon’, tanzanite is 1,000 times more rare than diamonds. Tanzanite jewellery is extremely valuable and coveted, both for the gem’s rarity, as well as its beauty.
The conditions that created the tanzanite deposit at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro are thought to be so unique, that geologists believe the chances of another batch of tanzanite being created are only about one in one million.
Rarity: Tanzanite’s only known source in the world is a 4km strip of land near Mount Kilimanjaro, northern Tanzania. This single, limited source renders tanzanite at least a thousand times more than diamonds. With only one known source to date, it is predicted that within the next 10 – 12 years no more gem-quality tanzanite will be found.
Colour: Tanzanite is uniquely trichroic. This means that in its rough form, it radiates three different colours from each of its crystallographic axes: blue, violet and burgundy. Once cut and polished, tanzanite ranges from electric violets to vibrant blues, deep royals and rich indigos. The color of Tanzanite is strongly related to the presence of vanadium and titanium in its crystallographic structure.
African mystique: Its geology is so unique that the chances of tanzanite occurring elsewhere in the world are unlikely. Tanzanite’s exclusively African heritage and the alluring narrative of its discovery have proved to be a unique selling feature. Tanzanite jewellery is a particularly attractive investment for foreigners visiting the African continent, as it allows them to take home, something that is uniquely African.
Investment value: There is no other investment that will yield as great a return as investing in tanzanite of the highest quality. It is more likely to increase in value as supply gets less and demand increases.
At MUSTAFA ELYAS JEWELLERS in MALINDI, only the finest pieces of this beautiful gem are selected to create stunning high jewellery. You can be sure to get professional advice on selecting your stone and designing your very own piece of jewellery based on the stone you select. Master craftsmen pay close attention in producing jewellery to the highest standards.
This holiday season visit their store on Lamu Road to gift your loved ones this special African Gem that has been termed as “the most beautiful gem discovered in over 1000 years!”
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW A GUIDE CREATED BY MUSTAFA ELYAS JEWELLERS ON SELECTING YOUR TANZANITE.
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