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.
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
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
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.
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 to February 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 FEBRUARY 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
Red Garnet - Tanzania
Yellow Grossular 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
Amethyst, Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Peridot, Spinel,etc
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.