Sapphire Ring Co. will not buy, trade or sell sapphires which have being mined, cut, polished or traded with any use of child Labor, extreme and dangerous working conditions,environmental damage caused by mining, population to the ground or areas by unsafe chemical waste from mining sapphires or rubies, poor rates of pay and-or a free and open trade sale of either the rough or cut gem stones.
Today all of Sapphire Ring Co sapphires are from the Island of Sri Lanka ( Ceylon ), here we carry up to date information on the countries mining and sapphire markets.
We will only sell 100% natural sapphires which is outlined on our pages listed About Us. Today as with any valuable product counterfeiting has become a huge industry with both sapphires and rubies, new techniques in extreme heating as well as lattice diffusion-deep diffusion has made determining if a sapphire or ruby is a natural mined stone without being chemically enchased.
This has become extremely difficult to detect even for a experienced gemologist which is why we always highly recommend having a independent laboratory report for a accurate gem stone identification.
Did you know ?
70% of sapphires sold in the world today as "Natural Sapphires" have being chemically enchased using new extreme heat techniques and deep diffusion/lattice diffusion, making gem stone identification extremely difficult even for a experienced gemologist.
Please contact us at Sapphire Ring Company or our GIA G.G Gemologist with any questions on sapphire treatments
International Customers please contact us at: 727 726 0007
Appraisals via GIA G.G Appraisals if applicable.
We offer certified appraisal services from our G.I.A. graduate. Graydon Gesner has his Graduate Gemology Degree, Accredited Jewelry Professional Degree, and the G.I.A. Pearl Grading Lab Degree. These studies were accomplished at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.), located at the Carlsbad, California campus which is the world's foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. He was an on-campus student and excelled in all phases of his studies. Out of 11 G.I.A. campus locations worldwide, Carlsbad, California is the G.I.A. World Headquarters that brings students from all over the world.
Always ask for a independent laboratory report from a full laboratory when looking at purchasing a sapphire or ruby. If the jewlers are unable to provide this service please contact us and we will be happy to help even if the sapphire is chosen from another company we are happy to provide this service so you know you are buying a 100% natural sapphire/Ruby.
You will be surprised at how many of the large on-line jewelry companies as well as recognized jewelers offer sapphires as "Natural" which are actually enchased by diffusion or chemical treatments.
( All reports are through the GIA ) Please read our pages on laboratories under our Sapphire Education page's.
Regulation in Sri Lanka on all gem mining
The Sri Lankan Government established the State Gem Corporation in 1971. The main purpose of the corporation was to provide systematic improvement to the Sri Lankan gem industry by helping to improve skills and craftsmanship, increasing gem exports, allocating state-owned land for gem mining, and issuing permits and licenses. With the broadening of these objectives the Corporation has subsequently been restructured and renamed as the National Gem and Jewelry Authority (since 1993). Child labor was considered a major concern by the government and the Mines and Minerals act of 1992 prohibited any person under the age of 18 from participating in gemstone mining. The concern also extends to the gem-cutting sector where children are often trained and hired because of their superior vision. The gem-cutter’s career is often limited by age as vision deteriorates. Retraining older workers to perform other tasks is a concern that deserves further attention.