Tsavorite is one of the most expensive gems in the world with its prices being close to that of the fine demantoid (the other green garnet). The gem has been named after the Tsavo National Game reserve, a reserve in the Africa Serengeti. The size and the quality determines the price of the rare gem. A carat can cost up to US$8000, Kshs 8 million.
It has now become world knowledge that East Africa’s biggest economy is sitting on a gold mine. Our country Kenya and county Taita Taveta is sitting on the scarcest and rarest of all gems on earth yet losing out on billions. The gemstone was first discovered in the year 1967 at Tanzania and later found across the border in Kenya.
The scorpion mine in Taita, Kenya and the Merelani hills in Arusha, Tanzania are the two primary deposits of Tsavorite gem. The best color for the tsavorite gem is deep emerald green.
Section 38(1) of the mining act prohibits the government from issuing prospective investors, rights to mining on community land without the direct communities’ permission. As a result, Taita Taveta county and Kenya at large is losing out on billions as investors are finding it nearly impossible to convince the communities to give them consent to mine in the stipulated areas.
The East African governments are on the road to amend the mining acts to ensure that they are the primary beneficiaries of mineral resources as they continue to find ways of attracting investors. The East African community is filled with various kinds of minerals with Tsavorite being in Kenya and Tanzania, ruby founding Matabatu hills; gem zoisite near Usumburu Mountains; chrysoprase at Hanety hills, garnets rubies and sapphires at the Umba River.
The mining of Tsavorite could lead Kenya and the East African community to economic levels that have not been reached yet as the countries are practically sitting on bags of gold and not utilizing them for the good of the region.
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