Tanzanite Colour and Value
A guide to color quality in Tanzanite
Inland from the Swahili Coast on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro are a number of small mines. These mines are in search of a mineral a thousand times rarer than diamond and found nowhere else in the world.
Tanzanite purchased in East Africa can be great value for money, given there are no additional costs attributed to the transport and sales chain.
There are plenty of jewelry shops along the East African coast, especially in Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam that sell this beautiful gemstone, and many a visitor has gone home happy with a precious and unique momento of their visit to the East African region. Knowing what to look for in terms of colour and grade, from AAA (extremely rare) through to the washed out blue greys of A or B grades, will lessen the chance of purchasing a lower grade stone at higher grade prices.
This useful guide gives some very handy tips on how to ascertain the quality and value of Tanzanite for those looking to own an ancient and exquisite part of Africa.