Legend claims it started with a lightning bolt. A single strike set the African plain aflame — and revealed a geological secret that had been buried for more than 585 million years. The violet blue gem we now call tanzanite naturally occurs in only one place on Earth: Tanzania’s remote Merelani Hills, in the craggy shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. In 1967, a Portugese tailor, Manuel De Souza, was spending all his spare time and money in search of gold. He never found any gold — instead, he discovered vivid stones that had been uncovered by a recent brush fire.
Christened tanzanite as a nod to its country of origin, the exceptionally rare gemstone is found in only one place on earth with a color more intriguing, more alluring, and more exotic than any other gemstone. Our vendor tells us that the tanzanite is a very dark color for stones of this size and usually they would run about twice this price. An incredible stone and an even more incredible deal!