Rough Colombian Emerald crystal
Colombia is world-famous for its gems, especially for its fine emeralds. Sapphires mined from Columbia are of very high quality with excellent color and clarity. Many of the mining regions of Columbia are being controlled by the revolutionary armed forces (FARC). As a result, this conflict has made it very difficult and dangerous to bring gemstones from Columbia to the market. Very few sapphires will find it into the gem trading market. If they do happen to make it to market, they will normally be bought and prized by collectors.
1.20 ct Emerald cut Colombian Emerald
Strip mining is a common practice in Columbia. In some of the areas where gemstones are found, strip mining has destroyed much of the land. Even though strip mining can produce high yields of gemstones, the negative environmental impact is costly. This irreversible process will remove 1000's of years of topsoil from the country.
Sapphire Ring Company will not buy gemstones from Colombia. We still do have high hopes for the future of all the gem mining in Colombia once this country becomes stable again by implementing much-needed laws of safe mining procedures, renewable land, the ban on strip mining and open and fair trade markets with adult-only labor.
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