TANZANIA, STONE HUNTERS
The chrysoprase, a semi-precious stone
Dimitri Manthéakis, a fifth generation of Tanzanian and Greek origin, has been crisscrossing the country for 40 years in search of precious stones such as rubies, spinels, diamonds, or sapphires.
Thanks to his local network, Dimitri discovered a few years ago a vein of a semi-precious stone unknown in Tanzania, the chrysoprase. He bought the hill that contains the precious ore and built a mine with the help of the local villagers.
He has been the first in the country to promote this stone, which is increasingly popular with major jewelers such as Cartier and Pomellato.