to you all,
The good news is that the
new list is up - and, we have a fair amount of material
on offered. The bad news is that there has been
a major increase in price of Tourmaline, Brazilian
Opal, Green Garnet, and Chrome Tourmaline, to name
a few. Remember, I mentioned in the last list that
I expected to see a increase in most gem rough?
Tourmaline has shown the largest increase - in fact,
we were selling rough on the last list cheaper than
we could replace it with. Tourmaline is no longer
the inexpensive"Cinderella" of the gemstones
and is finding its rightful price in the gemstone
market. A further number of factors have caused
this increase, namely a decreasing amount of Tourmaline
coming onto the market, the increased presence of
buyers from Brazil in Mozambique, the war in the
Congo (miners are demanding 'danger' pay to operate
the mines) and the political problems and fighting
between Renamo and Frelimo which is causing big
problems in the north of Mozambique where the mines
are situated. To get to the north, you need to travel
in an armed convoy, and, since the army seldom has
transport of their own, this means that you carry
the army guys with you! Of course, this makes you
a prime target! Mozambique is where we get our best
Aquamarine from - and, we couldn't get our shipment
down in time for this list.
Luckily, most of the other rough has not gone up
dramatically in price, although, the Amethyst mine
in Uruguay where I get my rough, can no longer get
workers to cob the rough. Which means that I now
have to import mine-run rough and clean it myself!
And, the Tanzanian Government has just placed a
hefty increase on its 'export' tax on all rough
leaving the country.
Meanwhile, Zambia is looking at bringing in a law,
prohibiting the export of all their gemstone rough,
unless sold in the country itself.
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.
SAPPHIRE DEPOSIT FOUND IN NIGERIA
the end of March, we received a phone call from
one of the miners we work with in Nigeria, telling
that they had just uncovered a superb new find of
Sapphires. This was followed up with an email and
photos of the new find - see one photo below. The
stones found became progressively larger, culminating
in one stone which weighed over 125 cts, totally
clean, which was immediately sold for $105,000.
We are helping the miners with marketing and, have
three superb parcels on offer at a reduced price
as money is needed for development work. Some of
the original samples which were sent to us show
slight 'silk' which I am convinced will cause the
stones to darken if heat-treated. These stones virtually
all appear to be river-worn and totally clean. There
are none of the green or yellow tones often seen
These stones appear to be quite similar to the Cameroon
Sapphires and not unlike the Montana stones.
three superb parcels of these new Sapphires on our
What's New2 our Tanganyika Trading Plate.
Have a good look at them, it is unlikely we will
be able to offer them again at this price!!
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.
is to show you the rate gem rough has increased,
or, in the case of Tanzanite, decreased in value.
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.
- 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.
All orders UNDER
$500 will be shipped by registered airmail,
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 $199.00.................................$
$200.00 to $500.00.................................$
by Fedex, insured.
The safest and quickest method
to send your parcel usually takes just a few days,
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
charges depend on the oil price and the Dollar and
may vary slightly
The above charges relate toMay 2014
This list can also be found on www.africangemstones.biz,
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.
0N THE MAY LIST
Single stones available
Citrine - Brazil, Uruguay
Rhodolite - Tanzania, Brazil, Kenya
Amethyst -Brazil, Uruguay
Tourmaline - Mozambique, Congo, Nigeria, Madagascar,
Chrome Tourmaline - Tanzania
Green Garnet - Tanzania
Merelani Mint-Green Garnet - Tanzania
Malaia Garnet - Tanzania
Spessartite Garnet - Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique
Yellow Grossular 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
Amethyst, Tourmaline, Emerald, Brazilian Fire Opal
Pink, green and blue Tourmaline
Black Tourmaline in Quartz
and Tamzin Bosch
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.
to put your minds at rest, a little history about
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
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
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.