Rough Colombian Emerald crystal
Colombia is world famous for its gems, especially for it's 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 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 areas where gem stones are found, strip mining has destroyed much of the land. Even though strip mining can produce high yields of gem stones, the negative environmental impact is costly. This irreversible process will remove 1000's of years of top soil from the country.
Sapphire Ring Company will not buy gem stones 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, ban on strip mining and a open and fair trade markets with adult only labor.
Contact us at any time if you have questions on Sapphires and their origins.
Every sapphire we have is a unique stone created by mother nature, which is cut and polished to show off that one stone's color and luster, bringing out the individual character of each gem. Once the sapphire is certified, we hand pick a unique custom ring setting to be made, which is then set by hand for that stone. It takes approximately 3 - 4 months from when a sapphire is hand picked to having the sapphire set and listed for sale at wholesale price. We do keep a wide selection of loose natural sapphires in stock which are not set, so please contact us if you have any questions on any one of our natural sapphire rings or a custom ring setting which you might be considering.
We own our offices in Sri Lanka were we personally travel to throughout the year to buy our natural Ceylon sapphires from both the mines & markets with support from our full time gem-broker their cutting out all the middle-men, this allows us to buy the finest sapphire at prices not matched by anyone. Our natural sapphire go from the mine to custom rings designed by us & made by our jewelers giving our customers both trade & private buyers unique custom sapphire rings at wholesale prices or less.
Please contact us with any questions you have & see our page on “The Life of a Sapphire-http://www.sapphirerings.org/life-of-a-sapphire