Chrome Tourmaline - Tanzania
Very rare, intense deep blue green, the color of the finest emerald,
this bright, clean, and durable gem material is 100% natural, and will
have you seeing green. This gem tourmaline, defined by it’s intense
green color and presence of chromium and vanadium, is a very limited
resource and is found only in very limited deposits in the Merilani
mining district of Tanzania. Much of the mining and trade of chrome
tourmaline rough is carried out by local Massai villagers who also
mine tsavorite garnet (green garnets), that are also found in the area.
The finest color Chrome Tourmaline, bright but deep intense bluish
green with little or no yellow, has always been very hard to obtain
with only a very small percentage of stones that are found of that
quality. Currently there has been very little fine chrome tourmaline
rough available in the market and we are working from a limited supply
of old stock materials. This is definitely a collectors stone and a
great affordable, and more durable, alternative to emerald.