Did you know that Tanzanite is described as ‘a geological phenomenon’, and is 1.000 times rarer than diamonds?
- Duration: Half day
- Price: FREE (if you plan it on a safari day)
- Transport: $64 per car (if you plan it on a non safari day)
Tanzanite is one of the world’s rarest gemstones and mined only in Tanzania – hence its name! Tanzanite is the violet blue to blue violet variety of the mineral zoisite. It is mined commercially only in one area of the world: the Merelani Hills of Tanzania, at the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite is a trade name that was first used by Tiffany & Co for gem-quality specimens of the mineral Zoisite. But because it might be pronounced “suicide” they renamed it – it certainly wouldn’t sell well otherwise.
If you are interested to know more about this blue/ violet stone, a visit to the Tanzanite museum in Arusha is an activity for you. Learn all about the history of this mineral, how it was discovered and mined. See for yourself how each expensive gem is graded and cut and if you like you can even buy one of these rare gems.