7 List of Africa Gemstones
Ruby is known for being a blood red colored gemstone, which comes from countries like Mozambique, Kenya, Madagascar, and Tanzania. A ruby’s value is determined by its clarity, cut, carat weight, and color. Typically the more transparent the ruby is, the higher the value. Rubies can be valued up to $1,500 a carat depending on its clarity, origin, and color. In the past the best quality Rubies have come from Burma. But with the opening of the Mozambique Ruby mine, there is a new player on the market that can offer the same rich color as Burmese ruby.
The Brazilian gem was discovered in the 1980s. In the early 2000s, these gemstones were also found in Nigeria and Mozambique.The distinct green-blue colored stone is very noticeable. These are a popular choice for celebrities and are very expensive. In fact, estimates cost for the stone is $16,000 for just one carat of this stunning gem.
Garnetsare known for their reddish color, but there are rare varieties of this gem that can be found in pink, green, brown, black, yellow, or even completely colorless. These are just some of the colors that this beautiful gemstone has. The best quality of this stone can be found in Tanzania.
Zircon gems are generally found in South Africa, around the Limpopo Belt. The colorless version of this gemstone is often used as a substitute for diamonds, which make them to be referred in the local area as “Matura diamond”. These are smaller sized gemstones,generally only sized between 0.1 and 0.3mm. Highly saturated blue versions of this gemstones can go for about $400 a carat.
This gem can only be found in Tanzania, this gemstone was named for its country of origin by the luxury jewelry company “Tiffany & Co.” and introduced this gem to the world in 1968. The value of this gem is dependent on its clarity, weight, and cut. It can be valued at around $700 per carat.
This stunning green gemstone has a strong resemblance to the emerald, but it is actually part of the garnet group of gemstones. The tsavorite stands out because it has an intense and brighter quality of green
Topaz is a stunning gemstone that offers a lot of hardness, which is why it is a popular choice for jewelry. These gemstones are most commonly found in Nigeria, though varieties can also be found in Namibia and Zimbabwe. There are different colors of topaz, but the varieties from Africa are typically yellow, golden brown, and varying shades of blue.
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