← Back to Conservation Gemstones: Beyond Fair Trade?


When in 2008 rubies were discovered in the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique, illegal ruby mining was seen as a serious threat to the conservation efforts in the area. But if conservationists and the gemstone industry could communicate with each other and work together, we could imagine that rubies from Mozambique could possibly be used to promote and fund elephant conservation in the region. Photo: Vincent Pardieu / GIA Laboratory Bangkok