How Sapphires Are Mined
Today there are 3 main ways in which sapphires are mined, open mines or shallow pit mines which you will find in countries like Sri Lanka and Madagascar, then there are the larger commercial mines in countries like Australia and Thailand where large deposits of conundrum (sapphire's) are found both gem quality and commercial grade, these mines can be vast in size and depth and are today run mainly by large gem corporations. Finally one of the worst type of mining which is being used in south America today as well as some countries in Africa is high water pressure mining,this type of mining trips away the top soil followed by the gem bearing rocks and gravel beds leaving the land bear & desolate. This type of mining can yield high quantities of rough gem stones but permanently destroys the land and has become the most destructive form on mining today, Sapphire Ring Co boycotts ALL countries where this mining practice is carried out today.
Please read our pages on countries-origins where Sapphires & Rubies are found today, we almost exclusively buy all of our sapphires and rubies from Sri Lanka which has some of the best practice in both mining and land conservation protecting both the environment and people of today and the future
The mining in these pictures is carried out by a small corporative of small business men who all work together and share the sale of sapphires and rubies which are found.This kind of mining can yield around 40 ct's of small sapphires (1.50-2.00 ct's ) every year and only one or two larger sapphires 3.00 to 4.00 ct's each year.
I would like to show with all of this work there are very few sapphires found,many people think its a case of digging a whole and picking gems out of the soil but the reality is over a month they might only find 2-3 sapphires of gem quality which can be traded and sold at the markets.
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