H.Bosch
and Tanganyika Trading -

ADDRESS

P.O.Box 650
HILTON 3245
KwaZulu-Natal
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
email: boschgem@telkomsa.net

Phone +27(33)3434431

In Gemstone field since 1961
 
On offer now
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This list was updated February 2014
50 Years 1961-2011
THIS LIST IS NOW CLOSED - NEW MATERIAL COMING SHORTLY

Hello to you all,

At long last, we have the first list up for 2014. Apologies again for it being so late, the rainy season is on at the moment and most of the mines are still closed with their workers having returned home to cultivate the corn. Also, the long delay by the Tanzanian Mines Department in getting our export permits signed didn't help matters. The parcel then had to be hand-couriered to Kenya where it was put on the plane, all due to the lack of security if shipped direct from Tanzania. No matter, I think you will enjoy the new list, lots of large Umba Sapphires on offer, some pink/red Spinel, (see the 'What's New' list), more Aquamarine in from Mozambique and Nigeria, some excellent Green Garnets, Tanzanites, more Nigerian Spessartite, to name a few.

The outlook for 2014 remains grim as far as the supply of rough material is concerned. The Tourmaline mines in thge Congo have been deserted due to the fighting, so we have a real shortage of that stone. Some is still coming from Nigeria, but, be prepared for an increase in price, Nigerian Tourmaline is expensive now.
On the plus side, we have seen some activity again in Zimbabwe as far as the Aquamarines are concerned - see the one really superb stone we have on the 'What's New' list.
I remain pretty confident that we will continue to have good material, but, be prepared for some rather high increases in the rough.

Very little mining in Mozambique, there is a flare-up between Renamo (the rebel group in the north of the country) and the government troops which is causing quite a lot of anxiety. This is where most of the gemstone deposits are found.


IMPORTANT - TOGETHER WITH A LOT OF UNREST IN THE COUNTRY, STRIKES ON THE MINES, WE NOW HAVE A POSTAL STRIKE. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT, SHOULD THE STRIKE CONTINUE FOR SOME TIME, YOUR ORDERS ARE LIKELY TO BE DELATED IF SENT BY POST

Please note that there are new rates for Fedex, we have kept the same price for over three years but, unfortunately, we cannot hold the price any longer. However, please remember these costs INCLUDE insurance. At present, postage rates remain the same, however, these will be reviewed in April when our postal authorities review their costs.


Duties on rough gemstones - please take note that the U.S. Customs have imposed a new tariff on rough sawn or roughly ground gemstones!!! These stones are now classified under the Harmonized Number 7103.10.40 and attracts a duty of 10.5%.
But, this only seems to be the case when parcels are sent by courier - we have not had any duties imposed on parcels sent by Registered post. It is interesting to note that cut, faceted stones attract NO duty!


Has anyone looked at the"Archives" column, shown at the end of most of the lists? These are prices from our lists dating around ten years ago.
It is to show you the rate gem rough has increased, or, in the case of Tanzanite, decreased in value.
Remember, prices of rough depends on the current market conditions of the day. I can guarantee you that prices will be going up very shortly, especially with the medium sized stones.

Please note - If you are viewing the website using a laptop computer, (apart from the Apple laptop), the colors portrayed are very poor. I have found this to be the norm after checking numerous lap tops. The older desktop screens still seem to give the most accurate colors, so, when ordering, please read the descriptions of the stones. It will help you somewhat with the colors.
Shipping and handling
All orders UNDER $500 will be shipped by registered airmail, insured
This is the cheapest method but takes up to 16 working days
depending where you are
. You can also request your parcel to be sent by Fedex
$25.00 (minimum order) to $99.00.........$ 18.00
$100.00 to $199.00.................................$ 21.00
$200.00 to $500.00.................................$ 26.00
All orders OVER $500.00 shipped by Fedex, insured.
The safest and quickest method to send your parcel usually takes just a few days,
depending where you are and well worth the small extra cost
USA, Canada - $75.00
Europe including Britain - $84.00
Australia, New Zealand - $106.00
Japan, Thailand - $84.00
China - $102.00
Fedex charges depend on the oil price and the Dollar and may vary slightly
The above charges relate to February 2014


This list can also be found on www.africangemstones.biz, www.africangemstones.org, www.africangemstones.info, africangemstones.us, www.africangemstones.asia

All of the plates have at least two photos and the lists are long - please be patient when downloading.

For a quick survey, click on any of the Plate Buttons above, and a brief description of what is on that particular plate will be shown.

ROUGH GEMSTONES 0N THE FEBRUARY LIST
Single stones available in -
Citrine - Brazil, Uruguay
Rhodolite - Tanzania, Brazil, Kenya
Amethyst -Brazil, Uruguay
Tourmaline - Mozambique, Congo, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya
Chrome Tourmaline - Tanzania
Green Garnet - Tanzania
Merelani Mint-Green Garnet - Tanzania
Malaia Garnet - Tanzania
Spessartite Garnet - Tanzania, Nigeria
Red Garnet - Tanzania
Yellow Grossular Garnet
Yellow Danburite
Cranberry Garnet
Spessartite/Almandine mix Garnet
Color-Change Garnet - Kenya
Hessonite Garnet - Mozambique
Fire Opal - Brazil, Tanzania
Spinel - Tanzania
Sapphire - Tanzania, Nigeria, Madagascar
Iolite - India
Aquamarine - Mozambique, Nigeria
Peridot - Pakistan, China
Ruby - Madagascar
Zircon - Tanzania, Mozambique
Tanzanite - Tanzania


Parcels in
Amethyst, Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Peridot, Spinel,etc

Semi-facet/cab material in
Zambian Amethyst
Aquamarine
Blue Topaz
Pink, green and blue Tourmaline
Heliodor
Black Tourmaline in Quartz
Ametrine

Sunstone
etc


Happy cutting!!
Hilmar and Tamzin Bosch

A word about us.....

For many of you, this will be the first time you have dealt with a company from Africa and you will be wondering whether this has been a wise move. Africa, unfortunately, is NOT known for its efficiency nor for total honesty! However, African Gemstones LLC is a registered American company but we are now operating out of South Africa.
And, to put your minds at rest, a little history about us!
I am of Dutch nationality and have been in the gemstone field since 1961. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and, as a youngster, traveled extensively throughout Africa. I completed my education in Harare, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). After two years at university studying geology, I decided my future was with gemstones and left in 1963 to obtain my Fellowship Diploma in Gemmology from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. I started the Gemmology and Gemstone Cutting courses at the Harare Polytechnic and was head lecturer for a number of years, as well as operating our jewelry manufacturing and gemstone cutting factory.
During this time, our company dealt exclusively with numerous gemstone firms in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, supplying them with rough gemstone material from Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 1982, together with my wife, Karen, and daughters Morwenna and Tamzin, we emigrated to South Africa.
Since 1982, we have been selling fine rough facet-grade materials exclusively by Mail Order to all parts of the world.
Africa is still the major source of fine rough gems and new deposits are being discovered continuously. Today we obtain fine rough from countries such as Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, Brazil, Bolivia, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Zimbabwe. Our rough is very carefully selected, much is preformed to some extent to ensure top clarity and the rough has been well selected for shape.
Please note, that for photographic purposes, some stones have a light artists varnish applied to the surface. This helps you in determining the clarity of the stone where it has not been tumbled-polished and shows the true color in the photos. It can be easily removed with any solvent.

 
 

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