Our gemstone expeditions always come with interesting backstories about our journeys to mines and interactions with local gemstone miners. Here is an inside look.
Tanzanite, is found in just one place on earth, in northern Tanzania, not far from the watchful eye of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tiffany & Co named this blue-violet variety of zoisite in honor of Tanzania, where it was first discovered in 1967. Because the crystals show
(continued from part 4) The next day yielded very little in gems, however I did go to a clinic for a malaria test. I was beginning to feel excessively fatigued. So while we waited for the results, we visited my friends new home construction site.
(Continued from part 3) After a couple of hours driving along a fairly smooth road, we arrived at the village. After a brief stop to look at a few parcels of Sapphire under the shade of a mango tree, we jumped on motor bikes to
(continued from part 2) Finally, after several more hours of driving along desolate roads, punctuated about every 2 miles by various military, police and other law enforcement checkpoints, we arrived in Jos and found a hotel. My room was a large upstairs space with a nice
(continued from part 1) After about 23 hours of travel including a plane change in France, I arrived in Nigeria and the gem hunt began. The first stop was Abuja, Nigerian’s, fairly new and vibrant, capital city. After clearing customs, an official stopped me at the exit. She grabbed my
Gem Hunting in Nigeria’s Northern Region (Part 1) Nigeria is a wonderful and little understood land, right in the heart of Africa. It’s home to some of the richest and most valuable deposits of gemstones in the world. Follow David Artinian of Artinian Gems, as he