About Tanzanite

From deep in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania comes tanzanite, a gemstone with only a single known source that has become one of the most intriguing and desirable precious gemstones of modern time. The very forces that shaped the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro and surrounding valleys created a gem so mystical and unique that the entire world would be enchanted by it. Described as ‘a geological phenomenon’, tanzanite is 1 000 times more rare than a diamond. Discover the allure of tanzanite.

  • HISTORY AND ORIGIN
    Tanzanite was born 550 years ago

    Five hundred and fifty years ago, in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mother Nature yielded her most precious of all gems. As testimony to its rarity, Tanzanite remained unknown until 1967 when it was discovered in Tanzania, at what is the still the world’s only known source.

  • LEGEND OF AYANDA
    A Maasai story of Tanzanite has a long history

    The Queen of Tanzanite, is an exclusive range of exceptional quality loose tanzanite stones and unique tanzanite jewellery. The range has just been extended to incorporate our latest exclusive designs, all handcrafted at our in-house workshop.

  • TANZANITE GEM MINING
    Only found in certain areas of the world

    Tanzanite is known for its mesmerising blue colour and its ability to brighten up any outfit, day or night. Even though the gemstone continues to gain popularity the origins of the true African gemstone remains to be rare and limited. Tanzanite can only be found in certain areas of the world; the gemstone is generally found near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

  • CUTTING & POLISHING
    We utilise the latest in cutting edge technology

    All of our tanzanite is sourced directly from the mine and is cut and polished in-house with the latest cutting-edge technology and highly skilled craftsmen. During the cutting and polishing process the specialised craftsmen will examine the gemstone in order to determine the best cut and shape for the specific tanzanite.

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  • FACTS ABOUT TANZANITE
    Everything you ever needed to know

    Did you know a tanzanite is a 1000 times rarer than a diamond? Discover more extraordinary facts about the precious African gemstone. A tanzanite is truly unlike any gemstone you will find in the world.

  • ETHICAL SOURCING
    Contribute to the day-to-day life of the Tanzanian people

    Each Tanzanite International creation is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity indicating the unique characteristics of the tanzanite you’ve chosen. You will also receive an Ethical Compliance Certificate to state that the gemstone was sourced ethically from the mines.

  • CARING FOR TANZANITE
    Cleaning and looking after Tanzanite can make it last for generations

    Clean tanzanite with a soft brush in a solution of soapy water (e.g. dish-wash liquid) over a bowl and rinse well with a soft dry brush. Avoid harsh chemicals and ensure that the drain is closed / plugged.

  • INVESTING IN TANZANITE
    The demand for Tanzanite is ever increasing, while supply decreases.

    We are living in what has become known as the ‘Tanzanite Generation’; those fortunate enough to already own tanzanite, and those who acquire it in the next decade or so, will be the only first-time owners. Thereafter, tanzanite will become a precious heirloom passed from generation to generation.

TANZANITE GRADING
Colour, Clarity & Carat Weight
The higher the combination of these characteristics, the more rare and valuable it is. There is also a further consideration; Confidence that comes with the certification.
TANZANITE CERTIFICATION
Assurance in Quality & Authenticity
All tanzanite is certified in accordance with the Tanzanite International Grading Standard, reassuring the owner of its quality of colour, clarity and cut as well as its authenticity.
BUYING GUIDE
Tanzanite Grading
Tanzanite is graded according to colour, clarity and carat weight. The higher the combination of these characteristics, the more rare and valuable it is. There is also a further consideration; confidence.
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