WE HAVE FULL TRACEABILITY OF OUR STONES OF WHICH MINES THEY HAVE BEEN MINED FROM, WHO THE MINERS ARE, WHERE THE MINES ARE LOCATED, IF THE MINE IS IN PRODUCTION RIGHT NOW AND WHAT THE MINE IS PRODUCING AT THIS MOMENT. WE BUY MOSTLY FROM SMALL SCALE ARTISINAL MINERS AS WELL AS LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS IN THE MINING VILLAGES WHO WE BELIEVE SUPPORT THEIR COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT THEIR FAMILIES AND THE AREAS IN WHICH THEY LIVE THUS RAISING THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND INCREASING THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE WITHIN THOSE COMMUNITIES AND MINING AREAS. WE ENCOURAGE MINING VILLAGES TO FORM SMALL GROUPS AND MINE TOGETHER THUS INCREASING THEIR CAPACITY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COBB AND SORT THEIR MATERIAL AT THE MINES AS IT COMES OUT AND TO EMPLOY THE TOWNSFOLK TO SET UP SMALL COBBING AND SORTING UNITS THERE. IT WORKS OUT FOR US TOO AS WE BUY ONLY THE BEST. WE PAY FAIR PRICES TO MINERS SO WE ALWAYS HAVE A 'WIN WIN SITUATION' AND BOTH MINERS AND US ARE HAPPY. WE BELIEVE IN STRONG LONG TERM RELATIONSHIPS WITH MINERS AND BUYERS THAT WE SUPPLY, THAT ARE ROCK SOLID AND BUILT OVER TIME. HENCE WITH SUCH A VAST NETWORK OF MINERS, WE LITERALLY HAVE OVER 1000 PHONE NUMBERS OF MINERS ON OUR PHONES AND CALL THEM DIRECTLY, MANY OF WHOM ARE SITTING A THEIR MINES AND CANT MOVE. WE UNDERSTAND LOCAL CULTURES AND NEEDS AND WE SPEAK LOCAL LANGUAGES TOO!!! WE CAN KNOW AND GET TO SELECT FIRST HAND FROM A PRODUCTION OF ANYTHING NEW AND BEING MINED AT THAT TIME. WE BELIEVE IN LONG TERM RELATIONSHIPS AND ALWAYS WIN WIN SITUATIONS WHERE THE MINER IS PAID FAIR PRICES AND NOT SQUEEZED ON PRICE, ALL ARE HAPPY!!
The guy pictured actually OWNS all the Mandarin Spessartite Garnet Mines In Loliondo. He is of the Sonjo tribe and his mine is where the Sonjos and Maasai mine together. He also owns all the Orange Kynite mines in the Area, all the Orange Kynite crystals that you have been seeing at gem shows etc all come from his one single mine! Also in the Loliondo area. He involves his local community in communal mining where all communities benefit.
These are the Maasai miners from Longido cobbing and sorting their goods. (GEM RUBIES, UNTREATED) probably mined the day before.