A trilogy of coffee-table books sponsored by Gemfields and devoted to the ‘Big Three’ coloured gemstones – emeralds, rubies and sapphires — is now complete with the release of Sapphire.
Emerald was released in 2013 and Ruby in 2017, meaning completion of the project spans almost a decade of work and research by author Joanna Hardy. To mark the milestone, Gemfields has partnered with Jewel of Africa to create a special limited edition of 100 Jewel of Africa x Gemfields pendants crafted in the shape of the African continent and containing the ‘Big Three’ gemstones in a symbolic continental kaleidoscope.
The pendants will retail online via The Alkemistry at a price of GBP 795 per pendant supporting the construction of a new computer training laboratory for children and adults displaced by the insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. The full sales price of each pendant will be donated to the Gemfields Foundation.
The eye-catching Jewel of Africa x Gemfields collaboration has launched this month, fittingly the birthstone month of sapphires. Jewel of Africa is a family-run business and is Zambia’s leading jewellery manufacturer and an expert in emerald mining. Rashmi Sharma of Jewel of Africa said: “This particular collaboration is akin to completion of a puzzle, with Gemfields gemstones fitting perfectly into Jewel of Africa’s jewellery – two companies whose mutual goal is to benefit African communities. This is about Africa and its resources working for Africa.”
The Jewel of Africa x Gemfields pendant features a 0.20 carat round Zambian emerald, a 0.12 carat Mozambican ruby and 0.12 carat sapphire, all set in an 18-karat yellow gold outline of Africa.
Gemfields CEO Sean Gilbertson said: “We’re delighted to mark the completion of our coffee-table book trilogy with the continentally colourful Jewel of Africa x Gemfields pendant. Today, more value than ever accrues to Mozambique and Zambia from their coloured gemstone resources. In designing this piece, Jewel of Africa’s talented team in Zambia has brought to life a talisman signifying a key Gemfields tenet: that Africa’s gemstone wealth must contribute meaningfully not only to host-country economies but also to host communities and the next generation by way of education, healthcare and livelihoods projects. We look forward to seeing the new computer laboratory in action.”