Hand-mined in the mid-1980s by small-scale miners, Zultanite® has only been in commercial production since 2006.
Zultanite® is mined directly from its host rock at the world’s only known Zultanite® deposit, high in Turkey’s Anatolian Mountains. Located at a height of over 4,000 feet, the mine requires the extraction of tons of ore just to reach these amazing crystals.
With the nearest village of Selimiye in the Milas county of Muğla located more than seven miles away, there is no electricity or running water onsite, making mining at this remote location extremely challenging. Through increased mechanization Zultanite® production will double this year, which will provide a consistent supply of quality gems in the quantities required by a wide range of jewelry retailers.
Click here to watch leading jewelry designer, Erica Courtney, travel through ancient Turkey on the path to the Zultanite® mine at a remote and majestic location high in the Anatolian Mountains.