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October 3, 2020
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Tanzanite; Buying The Rare Gem at its Source

Hidden deep in the bedrock near the Merelani Hills in Arusha, Tanzania, is found one of the rarest gems in the world. From the mines to the most delicate hand, the craftsmanship of the Tanzanite stone is deeply rooted in the history of its home country. Tanzanite is considered the literal gem of Tanzania.

While you can certainly find imported Tanzanites for high prices in jewelry shops around the world, selecting the perfect stone at its source is an experience that transcends from the simple purchase of a jewel. Tanzanite is an elegant, striking, and soulful gem that will breathe life and character into your simplest outfits. It is only fair for its wearer to indulge in the universe that is the making of Tanzanite jewelry.

Where it is mined

Beyond its stunning colors and fire, one of the greatest features of the Tanzanite is its rarity. This specific spot under the Merelani Hills is the only known deposit of the gem in the whole world with gemologists stating the chances of finding it anywhere else were close to impossible.

Paired with the fact that the mines are expected to run dry in the next few decades, this places Tanzanite among the rarest and most collectible gems known to date. If you are looking to acquire a Tanzanite loose stone or piece of jewelry, then we would strongly advise you to go straight to the source.

The Tanzanite Experience

The Tanzanite Experience and its dedicated team are among the rare few in the world to really offer you an immersive look into the Tanzanite universe. Taking a stroll through the museum at the Blue Plaza in Arusha will allow you to get an exact idea of how the gem was discovered not so long ago and how it is extracted through a replicated mineshaft.

You will also have firsthand insight into the Tanzanite grading process following the 4Cs. As you end your tour, you will have the chance to visit our shop and pick out your favorite pieces of jewelry from our wide collection.

Visiting one of our many stores gives you the opportunity to choose from our plethora of necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more, and get a first impression of the gem straight from its home in all its beauty, varying lighting, and different angles. Witness firsthand the trichroic nature of the deep blue gem, showing lavender undertones in white light and slightly reddish hues in warmer lights. 

If you are looking to visit us and see for yourself, the Tanzanite Experience team has three outlets in Arusha, two in the Manyara Region, one at the Kilimanjaro Airport, one in Tarangire, two in Ngorongoro,  one in the Serengeti and one in Zanzibar, with another opening shortly.

There, our experts will guide you through our selection of unique Tanzanites, cut to perfection. You will also have a look at our special Maasai collection, handcrafted and mounted by the members of our Maasai Ladies initiative which aims to offer these women financial stability through the sale of jewelry.

For those of you who won’t have the chance to travel to Tanzania and witness for yourselves, we got you covered. Our online collection offers you some of our finest pieces straight from your home.



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Learn about the important grading process on how our Tanzanites are graded based on their 4c's.
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