1000 times rarer than “diamonds”

Tanzanite is 1000 times more rare than diamond because most gems are found in several places in the world but tanzanite is only found in Merelani Hills of Tanzania around Mount Kilimanjaro. The gem mining area is located 70 km from Arusha, where tanzanite was first found in 1967. It is subdivided in four claims (A, B, C, D) and additional mines.

Merelani hills

Because of rarity of the stone it will only be limited to a single generation. Those who possess it are fortunate enough and those aspiring to acquire one in the next decade or so will be the only first-time owners. Thereafter, tanzanite will become a precious heirloom.

This region of the Merelani Hills is also known as a source for Tsavorite, which is mined at the Lemshuko mine, near Komolo.

9 Comments

  • triloki.singh@angara.com'
    Reply April 29, 2009

    trilokisingh

    Is this a real tanzanite stone image? What does four claims (A, B, C, D) mean ?

    • jones.cristina@hotmail.com'
      Reply April 29, 2009

      angarainc

      Yes this is a real tanzanite unheated rough stone. The mining area is broadly didvided into four parts being A,B,C,D with additional mines as well.

  • sherry_8@gmail.com'
    Reply April 29, 2009

    Sherry

    Id read earlier that Tanzanites were rare, but reading this now makes me want to own a piece of this rare and beautiful stone.

  • shirin@yahoo.com'
    Reply April 29, 2009

    Shirin

    Hi ,
    i like the concept of ur post.

  • citrinejennifer@hotmail.com'
    Reply April 29, 2009

    Jennifer

    Thanks for such a fact full post regarding Tanzanite, but i would like to know that if tanzanite is so rare and beautiful than why people are crazy for other gemstones like Sapphire and Ruby.

    • jones.cristina@hotmail.com'
      Reply April 30, 2009

      angarainc

      tanzanite has just been discovered in 1967….but ruby and sapphire have been in the market since the man knew about stones…so this makes ruby and sapphire more popular than tanzanite…but as more and more people are coming to know abot the stone they are just loving it…

  • ca.ankitlodha@gmail.com'
    Reply April 30, 2009

    Ankit

    hi,
    Was ignorant abt dis stone, but after reading dis post it urges u to possess one at any cost. Of late have seen various designs of Tanzanite which are embedded in rings, and believe me u cant miss it, esp. ladies.

    In all a very enlightening column n a craving one.

    God Bless!!!

    • jones.cristina@hotmail.com'
      Reply April 30, 2009

      angarainc

      I am glad that you found the blog useful…and surely a tanzanite is a stone to cherish …because only our generation will be able to become the first hand owners of tanzanite after that it will become a precious heirloom…cheers..

  • citrinejennifer@hotmail.com'
    Reply May 6, 2009

    Jennifer

    hey i loooove what you have written about tanzanite..your blog has made me think that why din’t i use tanzanite before..i mean it’s amazing the way you have written about the rarity and beauty of tanzanite..i wonder how at this young age you hold such great knowled..god bless you..god bless tanzanite!!!!!!!!!

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