Tanzanite Direct is unique: we are the only online store that can pinpoint the exact mine of origin of our tanzanite, and guarantee each gemstone’s provenance, authenticity and ethical status.
Most other gemstones in the world are mined by small-scale miners, which makes their source almost impossible to trace. To give you an idea of the scale: many artisanal miners consider themselves lucky to find even a handful of gems a month. Once the miner sells their rough gemstones to the local gem merchant in the nearest small town, the merchant usually separates the gems by color and size, and mixes them in with other similar-quality rough gems from their inventory, before selling them on again. The gemstone supply chain is so long and fractured that by the time most stones reach jewelry stores, even their country of origin is unknown.
A WINDOW INTO YOUR GEMS JOURNEY
Our tanzanite comes from one of the largest operations in Merelani, which is also one of the deepest gemstone mines in the world. Some shafts reach 800 meters below ground. Working underground at such depths is difficult, dirty and hot work – but a world-class infrastructure has been put in place to secure the shafts and provide ventilation, lighting and dewatering. Unearthing precious gemstones is a delicate business, and although there have been significant advancements in the methods used, several stages are still done entirely by hand.
The camp facility includes staff accommodation, kitchen and dining hall (where all meals are provided), and recreation areas. A medical clinic operates on site, and the mine staff have access to emergency evacuation services and hospital care in case of a serious incident.
the left and operations buildings visible on the hilltop in the distance.
GUARANTEED ETHICALLY MINED AND CONFLICT-FREE
Our tanzanite is obtained following established labor laws, ethical business practices, and without the use of child labor. The mine helps support its three hundred workers by offering above-average wages and on-site health care. Our operation has also contributed to the local community by helping build a medical clinic and water purification plant, as well as upgrade a nearby elementary school. The mine supports the local economy, provides significant tax revenues to the state budget, is an important local employer and an example of fair trade principles in action.
MINING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ARE MINIMISED
The water used at the mine is reclaimed and recycled. The earth extracted from the mine supports replanting of drought-safe native tree species, encouraging the return of wildlife to the area.