Sapphires from Laos,
Like many of its Asian neighbors, Laos has its shares its sapphire deposits. This is not surprising given its location, situated between Vietnam and Thailand, both significant sapphire producers which dates back over 500 years, gems have been mined in the Bokeo Province of northwestern Laos. In fact, the literal translation of Bokeo is “gem mine"
Laos’ most famous sapphire mine, Ban Houay Xai, has been worked sporadically since the late 19th century, but it was closed in 2000 due to charges of corruption, and significant production has not resumed. Small-scale mining is reportedly occurring in the region however, as well as other locations around the country. In many instances, farmers dig huge holes in the middle of their rice paddies with the hope of finding a fortune in gemstones.
Today Sapphire Ring Company does not buy or sell sapphires from Laos, much of the mining here is unsafe and with very to few laws and restrictions on mining sapphires and precious gem stones we have decided to keep all of our sapphire buying to the Island of Sri Lanka ( Ceylon ) .
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