On a recent visit to Tanzania, US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton fell in love with tanzanite. She was captivated with the precious gem, after Susie Kennedy, an ICA Director and jewelry retailer, showed her a pair of tanzanite earrings.
Susie Kennedy owns a luxury jewelry store at the Sea Cliff Village Hotel in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s financial capital. Susie was summoned to visit Madam Secretary by the US Embassy and asked to display a wide selection of tanzanite jewelry. After viewing the collection, Madam secretary chose an exquisite pair of matching pear shaped tanzanite and a design fit to her taste. In only twelve hours, the ‘one-of-a-kind’ earrings were completed and delivered just in time for Ms. Clinton’s meeting with President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and the First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete. Madam Secretary's choice of jewels was greatly appreciated!
Says Susie Kennedy, “Meeting and working with Madam Secretary Hillary Clinton was such a tremendous experience. It was so great to have someone of her position visit our beautiful country! What was even more fantastic was that she chose to go home with something that is so uniquely Tanzanian, and one of our most precious treasures. I was thrilled that I was able to provide her with tanzanite which is something so rare and complements her style.”
Madam Secretary’s reason for visiting Tanzania was to help promote the harmonious political and economic relationship with the United States. One of the many projects she undertook was to visit a power plant that is funded by the US and is located in the Ubungo area.
Tanzanite – A Rare and Precious Gemstone
Tanzanite is one of the most intriguing and desirable precious gemstones of our time. It is found in only one place on earth, in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa. A geological phenomenon, experts say that the chances of tanzanite being discovered anywhere else in the world is less than one in a million. It’s single source and its limit in supply means that tanzanite is said to be at least one thousand times rarer than diamonds. - Tanzanite Foundation
Hillary Clinton and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and the First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete
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