JOHANNESBURG - Mining company Gemfields said on Friday it had successfully laser-inscribed an emerald from its Kagem mine in the Zambian town of Lufwanyama with microscopic traceability information and a personalised message, the first such achievement in the world.
Gemfields said the 4.11 carat lively green emerald-cut gemstone was mined at Kagem, in which it has a 75 percent while the Zambian government owns 25 percent.
The gem was acquired and mounted by sister company Fabergé as a custom-crafted item for the successful winner of a charity auction held by the charity mothers2mothers in London.
“Gemfields is thrilled to unveil another exciting advance, simultaneously supporting both the traceability and the romance of precious coloured gemstones," CEO Sean Gilbertson said.
Gemfields has previously announced innovations in improving gemstone traceability.