Iver Rosenkrantz is former lawyer, ex-army officer and the founder of Rosenkrantz Jewelry based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Things you didn’t know about Iver Rosenkrantz Biography
Mr Rosenkrantz first came to Tanzania as a law student and spent six months working in a court in Dar es Salaam. He later started a textile factory with a friend, producing ethically made shirts.
“Venturing into the textile industry was a very interesting journey, but unfortunately due to a financial crisis that literally killed the whole textile industry we stopped and that is when we went into gemstones jewellery.”
But after five years, they had to abandon the project – as Iver says: “It’s very hard to make it in this part of Africa. You have to hit rock bottom, before you get it right, down here. ”
But then, Iver discovered the gem stone trade, which is big business in Tanzania.
“A whole new world opened up. The business is both exiting and full of adventure, but you meet some pretty … “interesting” kind of people. The way business is done – well, that’s almost a world and a language on itself. It’s a bit like playing poker – you have to be really good at reading the people, you are dealing with. “
Iver Rosenkrantz drives his SUV along a dusty road in Tanzania. The air is hot and humid, and even more so, deeper in the jungle, where Iver’s mine is located.
“We found the mine a year and a half ago – after travelling through the jungle for over 12 hours. We had studied the geology and talked with many of the local miners and concluded that there might be opportunities here. Today we have established roads, so we can walk there in three hours” says Iver Rosenkrantz, whose hunch proved to be correct.
The mine has given so many gems that Iver today lives by selling them and he has just launched a jewellery collection, Rosenkrantz, which is being sold in Nairobi and at some of the most luxurious lodges and hotels.
“We have found some amazing rubies, which in quality are very similar to those from Burma, which are generally considered to be the most beautiful in the world.”