The discovery of gem quality ruby and pink sapphire in Greenland was a cause for excitement because they are among the hardest, densest, and most valued gems in the world, members of the mineral species called corundum. Our gems are found in rock that geologists believe is 3 billion years old — the oldest rock formation on earth.
Greenlandic ruby and pink sapphire colors have been described as similar to that found in parts of Burma and in Mozambique, two important sources of corundum. We offer color range sample sets of gems featuring colors from pigeon’s blood red to light icy pink. Also available are corundum in nearly white and purplish colors.
Greenland Ruby gems come in ranges of transparent, translucent, and opaque cabochon cuts up to 50 carats in size, which can be easily calibrated for large jewelry collections. Because of the nature of the material, cabochons are often the preferred method of shaping these gems, which aligns well with current fashion trends in gemstone jewelry.
But cut-and-faceted stones are also available, ranging from melee sizes up to gems over one carat. Greenland Ruby gem pricing aligns with market pricing for all rubies in the qualities it features.
Like many rubies, gems from our mine must undergo treatment to bring out their best colors. They are shipped to Thailand, the world’s capital of gemstone treatment, for expert heat treatment with borax, a standard process for many precious gems. No lead glass or other filler is ever added to our gems!
Greenland Ruby has introduced a formal mine-to-market track-and-trace program for our gems, which has been approved by the Greenlandic government. The program is made possible by our customized inventory system. Each parcel of rough material has a number, and all the gems produced from that parcel are given their own individual number linked to it. These numbers stay with each gem through heat treatment, cutting, and placement in jewelry.
When a consumer purchases jewelry with Greenlandic gems, a Certificate of Origin comes along, issued by Greenland Ruby. It includes the gem’s original rough parcel and individual gem numbers. The certificate guarantees that the gem is of Greenlandic origin and includes information on the gem’s weight, color, dimensions, shape, and cutting style. Though our current clients have only requested our certificates on gems over one carat, Greenland Ruby has the ability to produce a tracking number for every stone, if a brand wished to do so.