Lovely specimen pieces of Tanzanite, a rare mineral sometimes sold as a gemstone.
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Interesting little Tanzanite specimens, a rare and typically far more expensive mineral from Tanzania - usually sold as a gemstone.
These are, of course, lower grade pieces. The quality does vary from piece to piece - hence the photos.
Now, what not everyone knows is that most Tanzanite is heated to achieve its colours. Some of these pieces are barely heated, or badly heated - in some pieces you can see the brown natural colour of the stone, rather than the violet blue on some pieces.
The smaller pieces in the 10 gram packets are certainly unheated, and despite being quite included and poor quality typically, sometimes there is a reasonably good quality piece in there. The 10 gram bags have around 40-60 very small pieces in, most of which are 3-5MM.
The pictures you see here are representative of the products and are usually not the exact item you will receive. Where various grades are available we do try to photograph each grade - but some photographs are still on their way!
Frequently asked questions and delivery information
How do we grade stones?
There is no overall universal grading system for the majority of our products. As such, the grades we use are internal only. They simply refer to higher and lower qualities, but they may be entirely different grades to other websites. C grade pieces are of lower quality than B grade, which is lower than A grade.
How does our ordering and delivery process work?
You place an order via the website. When it’s been picked and packed, your order will be marked as completed and dropped off at our local post office. We have an account with the post office called a “Drop and Go” account, which allows the post office staff to process our parcels when they have free time, rather than me queuing up and delaying everyone else.
I get tracking information etc online when this has been completed. I typically do not send tracking information to customers unless they request it – but if you’ve requested tracked postage, it has been sent tracked! If you have any worries or concerns about your parcel being delayed please feel free to get in touch and I’ll send the tracking info over! We also get delivery confirmations for parcels over 25MM thick by default.
How do international orders work?
After Brexit, with the UK leaving the European Union, certain things have changed with regards to international orders. European Union customers will now likely be liable to pay the same amount of import VAT as any other international customers. You will be responsible for any customs and import fees.
I’d like to return my order for a refund.
No problem at all – just get in touch and we’ll arrange it. You can read our full returns policy here.
What payment methods do you accept?
I can accept Paypal, Stripe, cheque, and direct bank transfers. Paypal and Stripe will both allow you to pay with credit and debit cards.