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Tanzanite Color - How it Affects Value
Tanzanite Cut Quality – Often Overlooked but very important
Tanzanite Color Grading Systems – Which to Trust?
Tanzanite Clarity – How it Impacts on the Grade
Tanzanite Trichroism – The Mood Changer
Tanzanite as an Investment – How Does it Measure Up?

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20.85 carats

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11.42 carats



What some of our past clients said :

"I received the Tanzanite yesterday, and it is absolutely gorgeous.  Color/saturation is beautiful, internal clarity is fantastic.  I'm really very happy with the purchase, and I wanted to say thanks for your help one more time."

Dr Ben Gibson,  Allentown, PA 


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Specialists in the Rarest Grades of Tanzanite

Not all Tanzanite is created equal. If you are looking for a very special Tanzanite that is out of the ordinary, that is extremely rare and of a pedigree that very few people will ever own or even see, then we are the specialists

Out of the Ordinary and Extremely Rare

There exists, in Tanzanite mining lore, a rare class of stone the miners call “Nadra”, meaning “The Rarest” in their native Swahili. A miner may find only a handful of these coveted crystals in a year. These Tanzanites have a color not normally seen in the main market. Their color is beyond the normal grading scales.

Just as certain gem types have their pinnacles - blue sapphire from Kashmir for example has a color saturation and tone mix that makes it unique and highly coveted, not only for its rarity but superior beauty. This is how these particular stones are regarded

Lapigems Investment Grade Collection

Our Tanzanites are cherry picked from the mouth of the mine by a GIA Gemologist, chosen out of literally thousands of carats of Tanzanite production. This gives our Investment Grade Collection a pedigree that very few people will ever own or even see. If you are looking for the highest grade in Tanzanite, the very top 1%, we are the specialists. We are one of the largest dealers at the source, seeing thousands of carats of Tanzanite production a month. Only the very finest 1% of these are selected for our online collection

Our mission

Lapigems uses proximity to the mines, 30+ year old relationship with the miners in the famed Block D mining area, long experience in the trade, experienced field-based GIA gemologists and state of the art cutting facility to compile a collection of AAA|AAAA Tanzanite. Our Investment Grade Collection is unsurpassed in its quality and comprises solely of these rare pieces. We are exceptionally selective in this regard and only true investment grade stones are for sale here.

Why don’t we have more Tanzanites listed?

We are often asked why we don't have more Tanzanites listed. This is because, unlike other sites, we really do offer only the very finest stones - the very top 1%. These are extremely rare stones which are simply not mined in large quantities. The medium grades are, so make sure you know what you are buying. From us, you know that every stone listed is an investment grade piece. Our stones have the very top depth of color possible and we are extremely selective in offering only the very top grade of Tanzanite - the very finest 1%. If you are looking for the highest grade in Tanzanite we are the specialists.

Why Are We Different from other Tanzanite Traders Online?

The difference is simple: we are a long established company of GIA gemologists, master gem cutters, jewelry designers and Master Goldsmiths. We have a relationship with miners which stretches back 40 years, and have been cutting Tanzanite just as long - well before the internet was even thought of. We are intimately involved in every stage of Tanzanite production from mining to cutting to setting, using our knowledge and experience to source and cut the very finest 1% of Tanzanites. We have been the chosen provider of investment grade Tanzanite to many high profile people including Sting, Trudy Styler, The Queen of Norway, James Earl Jones and many more.

Keeping You Informed

Investing in a AAA|AAAA Tanzanite requires knowledge to make an informed decision. We offer more information, on every gem we sell, than any other online company. We are gemologists, not traders and we understand that our clients are interested in learning more about their investment. Our personalized service tracks the history of your Tanzanite right from its creation, geological history, cutting and gemological pedigree. We provide professional appraisals using the latest gem price indexes and extensively photograph and video our stones in neutral light. Any questions you have can be answered by our gemologist. We believe in professionalism, integrity and customer satisfaction as the very core of our company ethos.

How Rare is Tanzanite

Tanzanite is one of the world's rarest gems. There is only 1 source in the world for Tanzanite, which almost mined out and there is growing speculation that Tanzanite is about to become extinct. The top quality Tanzanite AAA colored stones, traditionally constituting only 1% of all production, are now becoming exceptionally scarce. Henry Platt, ex president and chairman of Tiffany & Company sums up the essence of the stone with his comment "Tanzanite is the most important gemstone discovery in over 2000 years." Tanzanite's unique position in the gem kingdom means that once it is mined out, those who own top grade stones will be in an enviable position. Tanzanite will be the quintessential heirloom of our generation.

Understanding Investment Grade Tanzanite

When shopping online you will see a host of grading systems in use and it can be very confusing as to how to judge what you are looking at. Our GIA gemologist written article series on Tanzanite acessble from the top left corner of this page will leave you better informed.

Our Guarantee

We are based at the source and we have some of the best cutters in the industry. With a 40 year history exporting the finest Tanzanite and African gems worldwide ( See our History Timeline ) you can rely on our expertise. We support every sale with our excellent reputation, hard earned over 40+ years, and will stand by our extremely fine quality. That is why we have one of the industry's best Guarantees and Return policies.

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