Afghanistan has a rich history, cultural and mineral wealth; unfortunately, decades of war have eroded the infrastructure. I believe that the best way to give back to a region is through the use of business partnerships to enrich the lives of the people and the area, and buying from mines only in regions of Afghanistan that are free from conflict. Our mission statement mandates a mutually beneficial relationship, and we engage intending to enhance the local communities because they allow us to prosper.
One of the ways to rebuild Afghanistan is to revive the mining industry, which suffered a severe setback as a result of the prolonged conflict that plagued the country. Most mining has traditionally been the domain of artisanal (small-scale) miners. And this is no different in Afghanistan. However, in some mines, the miners use explosives left from the soviet’s time for extraction, which has enormous life risks and also damages the gemstones, resulting in a poor quality outcome. Millions of dollars in gems are being wasted each year practicing the same method. And to make a difference, the local community has to benefit from the mining activity. Traditions must be maintained, and cultural norms are respected, and we must assure that the environment is not damaged. Our deep roots in the culture and customs of the country, and being of an Afghan descent and close relationship with elders from the local sources who recognize their country’s vast natural resources, and its potential to drive economic development caused a great understanding between us and the miners in resolving this issue with providing them the right mining equipment that’s being used at other modern countries. We DON’T allow child labor in our mining or cutting operations, and we continuously improve safety measures and increase profits. We developed a proprietary system that tracks each gem as it travels through our value chain by implementing a vertically integrated system. We record and track the gemstone’s movement, and we are, at any given point, able to tell you who handled your gem, where it has been, and where it has come from, which includes the mine and the miner who mined it.
We believe in giving back in support of those who allow our business to prosper, and we will work to develop local schools, training centers, and safety classes to result in higher wages for the locals and improve their standards of living.
Ethical mining is heard and spoken by everyone in the jewelry industry, but in Himalayan Gems and Jewelry, it’s our practiced business ethic following the high standards of the mining industry.
When you buy any gems from Himalayan Gems and Jewelry, You are the first owner of these precious and rare gemstones and you have the assurance that your gem is yours and has never been worn by another.