Dominic Nzioki

Dominic Nzioki

Hi, I am Dominic Nzioki. Back in 2015 while prospecting for gemstones in my home region which is Kitui county located in the eastern part of Kenya, I came across a stone I had not encountered before. My curiosity became very intense to find out what stone it was exactly.

On consulting my gemology teacher, who also happens to be my mentor, Kyalo Kiilu, a gemologist based in the United Kingdom( UK) I came to know that the stone I had found was goldsheen sapphire! I tried to get gemstone cutters that I know in Nairobi to cut this stone , but none of them was interested in cutting this opaque sapphire whose beauty they could not see.

It was at this point that I started to think about gemstone cutting and stumbled upon a lapidary school in Dar as Salaam, Tanzania , owned by Noreen Masaki , a renowned gemstone cutter and agent for Ultra Tec lapidary equipment in Tanzania. The next challenge was the fees to pay and my upkeep whilst I studied lapidary in a foreign land. I had to borrow $2000 from a friend promising to pay him the earliest that I could. I will forever be thankful to my lapidary trainer for teaching me precision cutting of gemstones.

Since my graduation, I have experimented numerous times on the best way to cut goldsheen sapphire. What I have come up with is quite beautiful and would like to share this sapphire to the world. I hope and pray that many people will come to love and enjoy this unique sapphire which world renowned gemologist , Jeffery Bergman of Bangkok, Thailand called ” Zawadi Sapphire” , in its appreciation as a gift to mankind when it was presented to him by Tanzim Khan , the first person to see the beauty of this unique discovery in the world of gemstones.