Two very different Flawless & Fantastic Tanzanite gemstones showcase the unique beauty of Africa at the Shimansky Jewellers Clock Tower Showroom
Tanzanite is 1 000 times more rare than diamonds – and rarer still are two staggeringly-beautiful examples, currently on public display at the Shimansky Jewellers Clock Tower Showroom at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront: one, a flawless 60.70 carat polished stone and the other, a 4 000 carat rough stone – one of the largest Tanzanite gemstones ever unearthed.
The 60.70-carat Tanzanite was acquired in its original rough state by Shimansky Jewellers Founder & CEO, Yair Shimansky over 8 years ago. Rated VAAA+ IF – internally flawless, and therefore one of the highest-quality Tanzanite ever discovered – it was carefully polished over the course of five months to bring out the true radiance of its deep indigo heart. The cut & polished gemstone is worth nearly R1 Million and is a mesmerising example of the brilliance of Tanzanite.
The other profoundly blue-violet 4 000 carat stone was unearthed in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and was left intact in its natural state, as one of the largest rough Tanzanite gemstones ever discovered. No less beautiful than its smaller, polished cousin on display at the Clock Tower Showroom, it’s a magnificent example of a uniquely African gem, over 585 million years in the making.
Occurring exclusively in Tanzania and mined from a block just 4km long, gem-quality Tanzanite supplies are set to be exhausted within the next decade – marking it as one of the world’s rarest precious gems. One of the gem’s most unique aspects is its trichroic colour, ranging from rich royal blues to vibrant shades of violet and flashes of red.
Shimansky Jewellers has been sourcing the Tanzanite used to crown its sought-after Ayanda, Queen of Tanzanite jewellery designs for over 20 years, contributing directly to the growth, sustainability and financial wellbeing of the Maasai tribes who own two of just four ‘blocks’ of the Tanzanite mining area. Each Shimansky Tanzanite is hand-selected and hand-polished by our expert in-house gem cutting & polishing craftsmen and – as with every Shimansky purchase – is supplied with an Ethical Compliance Certificate, assuring that the gemstone has been ethically sourced, according to international standards and fair trade.
Visit the Shimansky Jewellers Clock Tower Showroom now, to see these two amazing examples of one of the world’s rarest gems – and get a glimpse into the deep blue heart of Africa.