Responsible MiningWe operate small-scale pit and shallow pit mining in cooperation with local partners to offer ethically sourced gems to our customers
Fair ProcessingFrom rough stone in our mines to a glittering beauty that is complete, we stand for transparent and fair conditions every step of the way.
We believe conscience is important when sourcing gemstones, and that is why we are the trusted source for “fair sapphires.” Our approach to the gem trade is to introduce transparency and traceability into each step of the value chain. We believe in establishing the concept of responsibly mined, fair processed gemstones that are sourced in an environmentally, and community friendly way. In short: fair for everyone – from mine to market!
Joint Venture Mining
Our gem mining business is run as a joint venture with our local partners in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s gem trade regulations are very strict and ownership of land, mines, and issuing of mining licenses are not given outright to foreigners. The laws only allow foreigners to own shares in a gem mining operation, but not sole ownership.
The traditional practices in Sri Lanka entitle everyone involved in the mining process (miners, mining licensee, land owner etc.) to a fair portion of the proceeds of sales; similar to a shareholder of a company. This has been a centuries-old practice in Sri Lanka, and it is a unique factor that make our fair trade gemstones special.
People, Communities and Environment
Mining in Sri Lanka is considered a prime example of environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and sustainable traditional mining. Sri Lankan miners use age-old traditional practices without the use of heavy machinery. Mines are constructed using locally sourced natural materials, and the safety of miners is the prime priority in this system.
We work exclusively with miners from the region in close cooperation, building long-term relationships based on trust. The direct involvement of the local community is a very important factor that aids social cohesion across the different mining areas.
For us, local mining traditions are very important. In Sri Lanka, there are age-old rituals and practices that are still alive today. Traditionally, no women are allowed to work as miners but we strongly believe in fair and equal representation and female empowerment. We employ women in processing our gemstones and wholeheartedly support female self-determination and independence.
Insights into the Gemstone Industry in Sri Lanka
The roots of the Sri Lankan gem industry run deep. Explore the background of the local industry, its historical context, geological features, and applicable rules and regulations for the mining and trading of gemstones.
Traditional art of gem processing
Tradition is very important for mining families who are proud of their work and pass on their knowledge and experience to their future generations. Join us to get a glimpse into the daily religious rituals of miners and how traditional heating and cutting techniques are applied to our precious gemstones.