AZGem Gems
June, 2007

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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
The Dorado Company
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


Tanzanite Is A Rare Gem


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Tanzanite is a rare gem,  and it's wildly popular. That's part of the reason the price continues to climb.

(Yes, tanzanite was mentioned in the December, 2006 newsletter, but this gem stone is in demand and there is always more of the story to tell.)

There are many factors contributing to the price of this gem... rarity, beautiful color, mine depletion, regulation, and demand.

In 1966, a man from the nearby city of Arusha, Tanzania, discovered a deep blue-violet stone in the Merelani hills, home to the Maasai people. Gemological testing proved the stone was not a sapphire as suspected, but an unknown variety of zoisite.

This new blue zoisite gem (as it was labeled) was brought to the attention of Tiffany and Company within a short time. Tiffany introduced the new gem to the world, after renaming the stone for the country of origin.

Would tanzanite have become just as popular as it is now if it had continued to be known as blue zoisite? Possibly. It is a gorgeous gem by any name.

Tanzanite is known to exist in only this one place in the world. Other place names in the area are well know around the world. Places like the Great Rift Valley, Mount Kilimanjaro (photo below), the Serengeti Plain, Lake Victoria, Nairobi, Zanzabar, and Dar Es Salaam evoke thoughts of exotic locations.

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It is possible to travel to the mining area to buy gem rough from independent miners and brokers. You need to hire a four wheel drive vehicle and driver/interpreter to get you from the airport to the mining area.

The process of inspecting and buying this rough in the bush is highly practical, and highly stressful

Upon arrival, the vehicle is quickly engulfed by shouting, pushing sellers. The driver opens his window far enough to allow one seller's hand into the vehicle.

In the hand are a few pieces of rough. The driver takes the rough and hands it to his buyer for inspection... holding on to the seller's hand until the transaction is completed.  The driver interprets during the asking and offering price negotiations. The rough or the money is then put into the seller's hand. In this way, there is no question as to the seller's identity.

This process continues until the buyer gets enough rough, runs out of money, or otherwise wishes to leave. It is very much a mob scene.

There are mine owners and dealers in Arusha, wheretanzanite gemstone buying rough is much less stressful, but more costly.

Tanzanite is worth bringing to market however it's done. Our customers really like it. We can supply it to you in a variety of qualities and shapes. Send me an email to tell me what size, shape, and/or quality you want.

Click on the box... and have Google start putting money in your bank account!

A Google search for the keyword phrase tanzanite gems returns a number of internet listings and ads with additional information and photos.




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Gem Industry News...


Yellow Gold Jewelry


The World Gold Council website reports...

"Jewellers at the international jewellery fair in Vicenza have spoken of their belief that this year promises to see a splurge of demand for yellow gold.

Designer Paladino Orlandini stressed to news agency Reuters that yellow gold resonates with a "warm message" to consumers, highlighting its popular place in the jewellery market.

In addition, there is currently a tide of demand from Europe and the US for styles of yellow gold jewellery that harps back to by-gone eras such as Roman and Ancient Greek times.

Demand for jewellery is up per se, according to the World Gold Council (WGC) which discovered that March this year saw a 38 per cent increase in demand for jewellery worldwide on the corresponding time period last year."


Las Vegas Shows

The Las Vegas Jewelry and gem shows will begin at the end of May and extend into early June. Let me know if you plan to attend. I'll be there.


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Jewelry Dealers


wholesale jewelryFather's Day and graduation are coming. These can be great sales opportunities. You just have to work at it a little.

We should also be focusing on building inventory. And, we must continue servicing our customers, recruiting new customers, and generally growing our respective businesses.


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Jewelry Dealers Program

Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?sapphire ring

Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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