ETHICALLY SOURCED SAPPHIRES AND GEMSTONES

ETHICALLY SOURCED SAPPHIRES

At Deliqa Gems, we take much pride in sourcing our natural sapphires ethically, from around the world.

The “unknown” is a scary place. I see this all too often coming from the country where gemstones are mined. Unless someone we can relate to, reassures us in a language we speak, we  tend to assume the worse. 

Thankfully for me, having grown up in Sri Lanka, I am in a position to relate to and to be well connected to the local trade in Sri Lanka and have the ability to speak with anyone from the mining community at a personal level. While I am much privileged to have this relationship, I do take it personally to represent their hard work the best possible way I know how, to those who cannot closely relate to them. 

I am constantly reminded of how appreciative they are of what I do, but I am rather grateful for them. We absolutely love working together in this centuries old industry to bring the best for our clients. 

Waking up at 4am, our team in Sri Lanka personally travels to meet with miners multiple times a week to see their findings, hence sourced directly from the mines. This means our ethically sourced Ceylon sapphires are traceable. This also means we have an ongoing supply of magnificent gemstones throughout the year. 

While our team travels to Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania a few times a year, we have first hand relationships with those who are based in these countries enabling us to ethically source sapphires throughout the year. 

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Natural sapphires mined in above mines, mainly yellow and blue sapphires.
Majority are not gem quality and difficult to be cut due to heavy inclusions.  

 

ETHICALLY MINED SAPPHIRES 

We source ethically mined sapphires from Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique and Australia.

Sri Lankan sapphires are a fabulous choice to buy ethical gemstones, sapphires. Not only they are ethical, they are breathtakingly beautiful sapphires. Their clean, bright vivid colours are highly sought after around the world. 

Mining in Sri Lanka is far smaller scale and leaves a smaller footprint compared to any other mining country. Mining itself is closely regulated and large scale mining projects are restricted for longevity of supply and to minimise the environmental impact. Majority is shaft and tunnel mining. Open pit miners are required to revegetate the mining areas before they move on to the next area. Child labour is prohibited in Sri Lankan gem mining. Miners also have a part ownership the mine production itself. 

Madagascar is a new source of gemstones, mainly sapphires with gems first found in Ilakaka in late nineties. Gem rush sent thousands of enthusiasts to mines. Gem deposits were later found in Ambatondrazaka and Didy areas. However, after the initial rush, mines are quieter, mechanical mining is reducing and is prohibited in most mining areas. They are moving to traditional mining with hand tools. Madagascan government is constantly working to improve the environment and sustainable mining taking example of Sri Lanka. 

Much like Sri Lanka, Madagascar produces spectacular sapphires in all colours. Madagascar soon became the world’s main source of blue, pink and purple sapphires, and it is to date. Without the production from Madagascar, sapphires will be a luxury only a few people can get their hands on and unaffordable to many. 

Originally famous for Tanzanites, Tanzania produces some stunning sapphires and other gemstones. Mining in Tanzania started off similarly to Madagascar. After the initial rush, mines are quieter and moving towards hand tools. 

Mozambique is another country that produces some incredible rubies and pink sapphires. Their colours are vivid, velvety bright and can be compared to Burma rubies. Deposits were found in recent years and much like how all mining areas started with, after the initial rush, there now is an open market place. Mozambique rubies are rare and highly sought after.  

Mining is hard work but loved by all who are involved.

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ETHICAL GEM CUTTING 

Our gemstones are then cut by our immensely talented cutters in Sri Lanka we constantly mentor.  As well as showing off our magnificent natural sapphires, there is nothing more pleasing for me than to be able to show off the talent of our Sri Lankan gem cutters. This also means our gemstones are completely hand cut.
The beauty of our gemstones are that they are not as “perfect” as something that is cut by assisted machines. Our ethical gem cutting truly shows the beauty of a natural gemstone.

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BUY ETHICAL GEMSTONES FROM A RELIABLE SUPPLIER 

While improvements can always be made environmentally in all countries, Deliqa Gems carries a range of ethically sourced sapphires from Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique and Australia through our close, long term relationships.

We work with people, people we have long term relationships with, people we deeply care about.    

Although we donate to many community and charity work, my personal belief always is to provide opportunities to create a living for those involved. 

Without a shadow of doubt, businesses are run for profit, but my difference is to create profit for all those in the supply chain as well as the client by way of offering ethically sourced, the prettiest of gemstones they can cherish for many years to come. 

We are not here to be the largest gemstone supplier but to rather be the best and to do the best for everyone. 

Deliqa Gems is your best choice of ethical gemstone supplier. Contact today to buy ethical gemstones, sapphires from Deliqa Gems. 

 Sasha Gammampila
Gemmologist