Aquamarines

Aquamarines
Aquamarine in its rough matrix. Source: WikiMedia
Aquamarine's lore stretches back to the breast plate of the high priest Aaron. Each stone represented a quality of one of the tribes of Israel. St. John, in the fourteenth verse of Revelation, lists the "foundation" stones in the church, listing beryl as his eighth stone; associated with the virtue of mercy and the apostle Thomas.

Our aquamarines are completely natural and have an exceptionally rich color. They have an MOH hardness of 7.5 to 8, which makes them suitable for all types of jewelry, including engagement rings.

Our aquamarines come from the Tumbuka tribe miners in Zambia, through an extraordinary arrangement that is extremely rare between traders and miners in Africa.

Ethics
We source them from Tumbuka tribal miners in Zambia, through an extraordinary arrangement that is extremely rare. Our supplier wires funds to the miners six months before his visit. The good faith deposit supports the miners over the following months, when the digging for the aquamarine is done with shovels. Mining by hand instead of machinery decreases the environmental impact and allows a more long term sustainable approach. When our supplier finally visits the miners, he purchases the gems at top dollar. Thus, he assures that he will acquire the best material while continuing to build upon the trust that he has developed with his African mates for decades.

After obtaining the stones, our supplier hand carries the material to a small facility in Thailand, which is run by a single family, where he personally supervises the polishing of the gems. These aquamarines are entirely natural, without any heat treatment or coloring.

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