Tanzanites are one of the rarest gemstones in the world. Found only in the northern part of Tanzania, it is known for its rich blue/purple color and exceptional brilliance. Due to its rarity, exceptional tanzanites are quite notable and are always news in the gemstone industry. As no other deposits have been found in the world, it is generally believed that the world production of tanzanite will cease to exist once the mines in Tanzania are depleted. Many notable tanzanites now securely remain in private or museum collections to preserve their beauty for generations to come.
The Mawenzi Tanzanite
The Mawenzi Tanzanite is the world’s largest rough tanzanite , weighing in at approximately 6 pounds. Mined in 2005, this tanzanite measures 218.44 x 80.01 x 71.12 mm.
It was named after Mount Kilimanjaro’s second-highest peak. No value has been placed on the stone until it is cut and polished, but the owner and mining company TanzaniteOne expect several fine tanzanites to emerge from the rough. The Mawenzi Tanzanite is expected to remain in Tanzania to be cut and polished, and the finest stones from that rough will be put on display at the Tanzania National Museum.
Queen of Kilimanjaro Tiara
The gemstone collection belonging to former Apple President Michael Scott is considered to be one of the most impressive and significant private collections in the world. One of Scott’s prized possessions is the stunning Queen of Kilimanjaro Tiara.
This tiara contains over 803 tsavorite garnets and 913 diamonds and is set in a king cobra-inspired design. At the center of it all is one of the world’s largest faceted tanzanites, weighing 242 carats. Fortunately for many gemstone lovers, Scott’s collection is often loaned out on display to museums. Most recently the Queen of Kilimanjaro was among the many of Scott’s collection to be on display on its very own exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Chopard’s Belle Necklace
In 2012 famed Swiss jewelry house Chopard collaborated with Harrod’s and Disney to design a jewelry collection inspired by various Disney movies and princesses. For Beauty and the Beast, designers drew inspiration from Belle’s famous yellow layered ball gown.
Set in exquisite white gold, this necklace contains blue sapphires, amethysts, diamonds, and pink sapphires. At the heart of the necklace is flawless 69-carat tanzanite. This one-of-a-kind piece was valued at nearly $1 million!