Tanzanite, Tourmaline: Tucson’s ’95 Favorites

Tanzanite was the hottest gem at the Tucson gem and mineral shows this year – again. A special reason for the interest? Prices are on the rise. Wholesale prices of tanzanite will rise 25%-45%, predicts Abe Suleman of Tuckman Mines & Minerals, Seattle, Wash. Prices for most fine 3-5-ct. stones range between $260 and $350 per carat, with an upper limit of $400. Suleman, who lives in Tanzania, cites "an inordinate demand" for calibrated goods, but says "the colors are just not there for the smaller goods." Among other African gems on plentiful display this year were rhodolites, which continue to ride a high wave of popularity, tsavorites, chrome tourmaline, golden tourmalines, rubies and chrysoberyl. Rock bottom prices made rubies from Africa strong competitors with those from other sources, according to Fu Gemstone Imports of Seattle, an exhibitor at the American Gem Trade Associ

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