Block 4, Merelani Mines, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
Miniature, 4.1 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm

Tanzanite is briefly common on the market in crystals - but do not expect that to last forever, from this one-source deposit. And, not in this quality - the crystal is literally a gem, stunningly clean and transparent with only a few veils within, incredible luster and color, and a razor sharp and natural termination. At 32 grams, this is hardly the largest crystal, but for a miniature size and for something PERFECT from nature, it would be hard to find better. This is simply one of the finest in its size class I have seen in over 20 years of looking. It has a life to it, and a sparkle, that does not require backlighting as do most. The best modern specimens for color, luster, and sheer gemminess in crysatlline form, all seem to have come out of the Block 4 consolidated workings of the large company Tanzanite One, which is now over 1 kilometer deep in the earth. These crystals, trickled out over the last decade when they survive the cutter's sorting table and can be sold as minerals (albeit at gem rough prices), are exceptionally rare on the market. Photo by Joe Budd. Comes with a custom lucite base. 360 Video available at