About Greenland Ruby
Hidden under the ice and snow in the oldest rock formations on earth…
In May of 2017, Greenland Ruby opened its first ruby and pink sapphire mining operation in southwest Greenland. Aappaluttoq (the Greelandic word for red) is the first corundum mine in Greenland. Mining yields are processed in an “ultra-moden, state-of-the-art” cleaning and sorting operation.
“The Greenland Ruby mine at Aappaluttoq is located in a drained waterway amidst an icy mountainous landscape surrounded by majestic fjords. We take seriously our commitment to preserving this pristine location. When we finish our work here, the waterway will be refilled, all equipment and buildings will be removed, and the site will be fully restored to its natural wilderness.
The vast majority of Greenland Ruby’s workforce is made up of Greenlandic people. More than a third of our employees are female. Mining is a newer industry in Greenland and represents a much-needed viable alternative to fishing, which is the nation’s main export product. Our local workforces at all our work sites enjoy all the protections and working conditions guaranteed by Greenlandic law, which is modeled on strict, northern European standards.” www.Greenlandruby.gl
The best part of about Greenland Rubies are that they are traceable from mine to consumer.
“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 and are included on our Greenland Ruby Certificate of Origin. The structure of our numbering system allows an individual gemstone’s story to be told, from the moment it emerges from the mine until it reaches its final destination in a piece of fine jewelry.”
Greenland Ruby is also the founding member of the Pink Polar Bear Foundation. The foundation contributes towards education and international polar research and the effects of climate change in the Arctic Region.