Rubyfair.com - a British company with a Tanzanian partner would ask you to consider the following. Do you really want your Ruby or Sapphire gemstone purchase to support a corrupt regime, add to the misery of others or cause a detrimental effect to the environment ? If not please give careful consideration to this important purchase, choose your gemstone and jeweller with care.
Rubyfair.com is a partnership between British Jewellers and Tanzanian Miners where both the miners welfare, the environment and ecology of the land and the final price to you the customer are all given careful consideration. You can buy your Ruby facets , Sapphires, Tanzanite, Spinel and cabochons safe in the knowledge that both the miners and the land are given due care and reward. With our own mine in Southern Tanzania we can supply untreated gemstones of the highest quality at a fair price to you. All our items are sold with a fourteen day money back guarantee; so as long as the item is returned as received within 14 days you will receive a full refund. Your normal statutory rights are not affected.
Rubyfair.com takes the welfare of its workers seriously and safety equipment and procedures are strictly adhered to. Improvements to roads although remote and off road has led to better access to remote villages.
Rubyfair.com is a proud sponsor of the Ukwama children's Home and Orphanage giving back to the local community
Rubyfair.com comprises of two friends who studied Zoology at Leeds university and a retired Tanzanian policeman so from the outset the company was set up not only in a correct legal fashion , to respect its country of operation , but with the environmental concerns put at the forefront. From an independent environmental study commissioned, the main potential problems were outlined below.
Although the area had been small scale mined for Ruby for years Rubyfair had a policy to leave the claim in no worse and preferably better state than when operations began. The two principle areas of concern were sediment run off due to sieving for alluvial ruby deposit in soil and landscape alteration due to blasting of open cast Ruby seam.
The question of sediment run off into the water course has been addressed in three ways:-
1. Water is sourced from on site spring , resulting in no degradation of local water supply.
2. Storage of water from spring overnight in water tanks . ( This has added benefit to locals who have constant clean water supply ).
3. Resettling of water to allow multiple usage, then natural resettlement through rock course resulting in no sediment joining water course and no removal of top soil.
Two issues were highlighted . Top soil removal and hard rock relocation:-
Top soil from pit was placed adjacent to pit to allow fertile planting for farmers who utilise valley as they have done for centuries for planting local crop such as sugar cane , bamboo for local house construction and various vegetable food crops. In allowing them access, other areas of valley were saved from clearing as is the tradition, the top soil is anchored at location and after one years crop, returns to fallow condition which allows natural plant growth to quickly reestablish.
Rock initially removed from Ruby seam is placed as back fill as movement becomes horizontal so that as progress is made along mine site rock is replaced in situ.
Although in a very remote location noise from blasting ruby seam was to be at agreed times with a warning system via whistle , personal visit and synchronized clearing blast only allowed once every two weeks and not to take place early morning or weekends. In actual fact due to exposed nature of Ruby seam anticipated blasting has been greatly reduced with occurrence being reduced to less than one day a month.
Sub aqua electric pump driven by new generator housed in natural pit with bamboo roof covering means no real audible working sounds apart from normal chatting and vocalisation of the Ruby mining team. Walkie talkies were introduced to save shouting across mine site plus a lot of leg work !