The Tanzania Gemological Centre was formed in the year 2003, with an objective to offer inhouse training on Gem and Rock Carving so as to enhance value addition skills. The centre was known as Arusha Gemstone Carving Centre (AGCC) until year 2009 when the name was changed to Tanzania Gemmological Centre (TGC). The changes were due to the changes in the National Minerals Policy which lead to the changes in the objectives of the centre to include Gemmology, Lapidary and Jewellery training. Tanzania Gemmological Centre is registed under NACTE with a registration number REG/SAT/033.
To be the Centre of Excellence in training, developing, promoting and supporting Gem and Jewellery Industry to attain international standards in the global market for significant sustainable socio-economic development in Tanzania by 2025.
To ensure national and international trust in Tanzanian gem and jewellery industry by maintaining quality, standards, integrity and professionalism in provision of services.
To provide training in gem and jewellery technology;
To promote gemstone, lapidary, rock carving, jewellery design and manufacturing activities at national and international levels;
To raise awareness to the community by offering short courses, seminars and workshops on gem and jewellery technology;
To provide consultancies in Gem and Jewellery Technology;
To provide gemstone and jewellery laboratory testing services;
Issuing Certificate of Authenticity of Gems and Jewellery;
To conduct value addition on minerals;
To provide reports and publications on Gem and Jewellery industry;
Maintain Gem and Jewellery Museum; and
To conduct researches for development and sustainability of Gem and Jewellery industry.