Lying on the east coast of Africa, perhaps no country has been more blessed by the garnet gods than Tanzania. This nation was the scene of the discovery of both tsavorite and malaia garnet, and it is also one of the most important producers of rhodolite.
Tanzania’s gem deposits are a product of the Mozambique orogenic belt, which cuts a 200–300 km-wide north–south swath through the central and eastern part of the country. Running all the way from Mozambique in the south, to the Sudan and Ethiopia in the north, it is home to many of East Africa’s most important colored gemstone finds.
This is a land of diverse beauty. Not only does it contain Africa’s highest peak (Kilimanjaro at 5895 m), but it includes the Serengeti, which is home to Earth’s largest annual wildlife migrations. Were this not enough, Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, which has been populated by man’s early ancestors for over three million years, features one of the greatest concentrations of large wild animals on the planet. All of this and garnets in a variety of lovely hues…
Many people consider Tanzania one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is under the Tanzanian sun and steppes that many of the most important garnets have been found.