Zultanite is a relatively new gem to find its way to market. It is named after the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and is extraordinarily rare, found in only in one location -- the remote mountains of Anatolia, Turkey. Zultanite is entirely natural and without any enhancements. It is an excellent alternative to diamonds and other well known gemstones.
Ecological and Social Responsibility:
Zultanite is mined using very environmentally safe and responsible mining technique. The mining takes place in an area without water and electricity, seven miles from the nearest village. It is done by hand, and no chemicals are utilized in the mining. The miners are housed and fed by the company, which has a very positive economic impact on the surrounding community. In addition, the company which acquired the mine in 2005, has done massive restoration and reforestation around the entire mine area.
Pricing: The pricing for Zulatanite is similar to our pricing for Sri Lankan sapphires-- $600 to $1200 a caret, depending upon the size and quality of the particular gem.
Color: One of the most magic qualities of Zultanite is how it varies in color depending upon the particular light in one’s environment. Zultanite can shimmer in appearance from kiwi-like green to a cognacpink. Color is considerably more prominent when stones are at least 1 carat or larger.
Clarity: The Zultanite we chose for our engagement rings is eye clean but will show some inclusions with a 10x magnification.
Cut: With Zultanite, 98% of the rough is lost during faceting, which is considered an extremely low yield. Zultanite is hard to find in large sizes, and over 5 carats is considered exceedingly rare. It is available in a variety of radiant cuts, from round brilliants to classic shapes like ovals, cushions, princess cuts.
Refractive Index: The light dispersion of Zultanite is 1.72-1.74. Diamonds are 2.42. Outside of diamonds, the light dispersion of Zultanite is second only to Demantoid garnet.