Precious Gems

Raw Tanzanite found only in Tanzania

Raw, uncut Tanzanite stones found only in Mererani, Tanzania..

There is a child labour documentary I recommend called “Gem Slaves“, filmed in Mererani, Tanzania, that depicts young boys ages 8 to 14 who mine for Tanzanite in hopes of earning money so they may provide for their families who are living in the grips of poverty. Bearing witness to this, I could not help but connect the dots that I have witnessed throughout Africa between blood ivory, blood diamonds, and blood gems. Because of the  high demand for these natural resources, there will always be a constant supply of child labourers. Continue reading