Tanzanite Miner underground at Block C, TanzaniteOne

Tucson Tanzanite Protocols

How The Tucson Tanzanite Protocol Protects Tanzanite

The Tucson Tanzanite Protocol (TTP) was developed in 2003 to protect tanzanite and ensure an ethical route to market.

This proactive step within the jewelry industry was taken to give consumers confidence in tanzanite, to protect the legitimacy of the gem’s supply chain, and to foster economic development in all aspects of the gem trade within Tanzania.

The Tucson Tanzanite Protocol ensures that relevant Labor Legislation, Safety Regulations, and Best Mining Practices are adhered to at all times.

The protocol is a cooperative effort by the government of Tanzania and all of the major industry stakeholders, including miners (Arusha Regional Miners Association, Tanzanian Chamber of Mines), dealers (including the Tanzania Mineral Dealers Association), manufacturers, suppliers, and retail jewelers. Industry groups included the American Gem Trade Association, the American Gem Society, the International Colored Gemstone Association, Jewelers of America, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America, the Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association, and the Jewelers Association Jaipur.

This is similar to the establishment of the Diamond High Council (HRD) trade organization in 1976, or the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2000. The Kimberley Process was designed to prevent conflict diamonds from entering into the mainstream rough diamond market.

With the TTP firmly in place, the Tanzanite Foundation and its members are proud to be able to guarantee an industry free of exploitation, and raise the bar for future colored gemstone trading.