Looking for sapphires in the mine
Rough sapphires from one of our mines in Sri Lanka
Washing out found crystals in the near by river
Selection of rough stones regarding gemstone quality
Pre-cut of sapphires to create ideal basic shape
One final cut of sapphire by putting facets
Polishing faceted sapphire for best luster
Quality control of a faceted sapphire
Now this natural beauty is ready to mount into jewellery
Finding natural treasures doesn’t happen purely by luck. In the island nation of Sri Lanka, finding treasure has been an art that has been perfected for thousands of years. Sri Lanka has produced the world’s most prized gemstones. The sapphires that come from the country are famous, and we also see many other types of beautiful rare gemstones. We want to introduce Ceylon Sapphires in the most transparent, sustainable and direct way, straight from our mines in Sri Lanka – to you.
We source our stones through direct mine access or through close network partners in Sri Lanka. Our aim is to bring sustainably sourced and fair traded Sri Lankan sapphires and gems to Europe in finest quality with a “mine to market” approach that is based on transparency and sustainability.
Unlike a lot of sapphires and gems that come from various sources and middlemen, we guarantee all from a single source. Our rough stones are cut and polished to the highest standards by our own cutters in Colombo. Knowing the origin and way of processing is very crucial as this determines the stones’ value. We also work very closely with leading gem labs to certify our finest sapphires and gems. We like to see ourselves as a new face to a very old tradition!
Gem cutting is a fascinating ability that requires several sets of skills. It is easy to overlook the importance of traditional cutting in Sri Lanka, which is often associated with bulky cuts. In the distant past, traditional cutters used simple hand-powered cutting machines to produce some of the best-oriented stones in the world. Their ability to orient a stone for the best face-up colour and luster, while retaining maximum weight from the rough, is remarkable. This deep knowledge and long experience are passed over from generation to generation within the cutter’s family.
It is a wonderful experience to see the impressive craftsmanship of the cutters, who create wonderful faceted gemstones from rough stones. Cutting is an interaction between what is possible from nature and what can be done by man. The rough stone determines how it will be cut, depending on the colour center, colour distribution, inclusions and other natural characteristics in the stone and the cutter makes the best possible shape and cut for a sparkling and individual precious gemstone.
We have our own Sri Lankan cutters and we are proud to be able to claim that a few of the best cutters work for us. Our cutters are able to fulfill precision cutting to meet highest quality standards.
Having talented, skilled and experienced cutters is a big competitive edge for us. We do cutting or re-cutting of stones from all over the world because cutting standards outside Europe and the US are comparable poor, as they usually pursue the objective of maintaining as much carat weight as possible. There is a growing precision-cutting industry in Sri Lanka that meets the strictest tolerances of proportion, symmetry, and calibrated size tolerances.
Our gem cutters are trained to provide faceted gemstones with the best quality in terms of colour saturation, consistent colour distribution, ideal proportion and symmetries as well as bringing out the best luster and fire of every gemstone. This is achieved by exact positioning of the facets in their number, length and width combined with a sharp polish of the surface. We only stand for the highest quality of sapphires but many jewellers around the world have different expectations. Some allow for windows for several reasons such as the depth of the gemstone being too deep or too shallow, to compensate for uneven colour distribution, or to mask imperfect symmetries.
Our goal is to improve transparency in the market for coloured gemstones. We can guarantee a traceable supply chain for our sapphires and gemstones from Sri Lanka, which minimizes all typical risks in the gemstone trade. Our internal quality guidelines stipulate that only rough stones with the best transparency are selected for faceting. It must always be remembered that each sapphire is a rare natural resource and the sapphire crystal dictates what is the most suitable cut for it. This requires very deep knowledge and very long experience.
It is important to carry out and have strict quality controls at each processing step. Our quality managers first control the process of raw stone selection according to our quality criteria directly in the areas of our mines. Then in the various grinding processes, including shaping, pre-cut, faceting, polishing and, if necessary, each regrinding or re-sharpening before a final inspection. For our customers and their needs, we grind and polish uncompromisingly to achieve perfection; not just to obtain as much carat weight as possible. If the cut stone does not meet our quality criteria, we re-cut it until we are satisfied.
The final quality controls takes place in Colombo as well as in Munich to meet our demanding customer requirements. Quality assurance is thus carried out throughout the entire manufacturing process in order to live up to our promise of lasting value in the finest quality. Follow the process as a true sapphire masterpiece is created.
From our sustainable mines with ethically fair processing.