RAPAPORT... In its ongoing effort to increase its market share across the gemstone world, Gemfields Resources launched an emerald jewelry collection using traceable emeralds from the Kagem mine in Zambia. The collection includes pairs, suites and layouts.
Rajiv Gupta, executive vice chairman of Gemfields, said, “For the first time in history, consumers will be able to trace the quality and integrity of every emerald mined from Kagem, right from its origin within the earth to its ultimate journey to a store. Gemfields' direct involvement in an emerald's life stages and its deep commitment to the most ethical, socially responsible and environmentally friendly operating standards ensures that all emeralds from Kagem that reach the market are conflict free. Through a tie-[in] with leading labs, these completely traceable emeralds will be certified and provided with a complete disclosure as either untreated or treated as per industry-acceptable norms."
Gemfields recently established a cutting and polishing facility in Jaipur, India, to produce the stones. The company holds an exclusive 15-year license to use the Fabergé brand name for colored gemstones.