GEMSTONES AND LOCATIONS
Precious Pebbles Inc are a family owned business where our values have been passed down for many generations. We adhere to strict and disciplinary business practices, which is why we offer ethically sourced and mined gemstones to our clients.
Our gemstones are sources from countries that ranks among the top geographical locations for gems and jewelry.We are directly involved and purchasing rough gemstones from Zambia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Brazil, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and Colombia.
The beautiful green emeralds we love to wear today were formed 30 to 50 million years ago, but have only been mined the past several hundred years. Colombia is the most famous source for emeralds and their chief attraction is their outstanding color. According to The Culture Trip, 70-90% of the world’s quality emerald market stems from Colombian emeralds, which is shown in the country’s significant increase in foreign direct investment over the past few decades. Colombia has an interesting and prosperous sector which is proving to be more competitive than ever before.
India is one of the largest exporters of gems and jewelry and the industry plays a significant role in the Indian economy. Based on its potential for growth and value addition, the Indian Government focus on increasingly promoting the gem and jewelry export. In the coming years, the development of large retailers/brands will largely contribute to the growth in the Indian gemstone sector. A variety of products and designs are expected to increase in the road ahead.
Sri Lanka’s gemstone and jewelry records are historically important because it dates back some 3,000 years. We know this based on ancient discoveries of pieces of jewelry set with polished gemstones and beads. Due to its gemstone history, Sri Lanka is also called “Ratnadeepa,” meaning, “Gem Island.” Strict regulations on mining and export is done by the National Gem and Jewelry Authority (NGJA), which is why most of their mining is still done by hand. The NGJA’s vision is to bring the country into international fame as a center for gemstones, whereas all exported gems are channeled through their organization to provide genuine items to the gem market. Sri Lanka’s gemstone wealth comes from mining, but they actually have a complete domestic and export mine to market industry that contributes as well. Their steady production of fine blue sapphire is one of the best on today’s market, along with supplying the world with over 75 unique gemstone varieties.
Zambia started their large scale emerald mining around 1976 and their gemstone trade have attracted major attention since then. The Republic of Zambia are rich in gemstones with notable material that shows its beautiful transparency, clarity, and brilliance. We respect and recognize the precious emeralds for its distinctive characteristics and their dark-green or bluish tone, especially under radiant light. Many of the emerald mines in Zambia has a long history of producing high quality emeralds which leads them to constitute about 20% of the world’s supply.
Mozambique is currently the largest new source of rubies in the world and were first discovered by local hunters near M´sawize village in 2008, and a second deposit of high-quality Mozambican rubies were found the year after as well. An increased demand for responsibly sourced rubies has allowed Mozambique to account for around 30% of the global ruby supply, especially now that the country is believed to have the most significant ruby deposit in the world.
The East African geological formation, known as Neoproterozoic Mozambique Belt, is extending from Kenya through Tanzania, Mozambique, and Madagascar, which makes us believe these countries contain the world’s richest colored gemstones. Tanzania is one of the most important gemstone-producing countries in the region and is best known for the gemstone, Tanzanite. The country is the main source of the world’s supply of the rare tsavorite garnet, in addition to becoming an important source of sapphire. Many gemstones have been brought to life in Tanzania, and the Tanzanian ruby is starting to make an impact on the world market. Colored gemstones in Tanzania are still in an early stage, which makes us excited about the new discoveries we expect to see in the years ahead of us.
Brazil is not only known for its colorful festival and diversity of climates and cultures, but the spectrum of colorful gems is bringing the country just as much attention. Mining has taken place in Brazil since the 1700s and some extremely large gemstones have been unearthed there. Almost 300 years later, some of the finest blue-green tourmaline crystals ever seen were discovered, and its bright and unique color was caused by the presence of copper and manganese. The bright turquoise color makes the Brazilian tourmaline extremely popular and its scarcity has made it very valuable.
The size and scope of gem deposits in Madagascar is still unclear, but experts believe it has some of the richest untapped gemstone resources in the world. Madagascar have created a lot of excitement in the international gem trade, especially with its gorgeous rubies and sapphires. Some of their mines have had an important impact on the world’s gemstone industry, because their Rubies are found to be well-shaped tabular crystals with slightly rounded edges.
Some of the best deals in colored gemstones is to be found here, in fact, Bangkok is known to be the stone capital in the world. Their stone collection is huge and their expertise lays in grading, cutting, and polishing gems. Eminence, features, and fair cost are some factors that have contributed to the consistent achievement for the Thai’s jewelry industry.