18K AKARA Rose Gold double strand chain on Palladium white gold chain
0.60 tcw Greenland Ruby Cabochons GCAL 291650010 and GCAL 291650011
0.07 tcw bezelled round brilliant rubies
These are very rare rubies because the mining has been suspended, but they have a rich and interesting history.
FTJCo's Greenland rubies are particularly rare because the larger ones are all gem lab certified.
The History of Greenland Rubies
The story of Greenland's rubies is a fascinating tale of geology, exploration, and the enduring allure of gemstones. Greenland, primarily known for its icy landscapes and arctic climate, might not be the first place one would think of when considering the origins of precious gemstones. However, the discovery of rubies in Greenland added a surprising twist to the world of gemology.
1. Geology and Origins
Greenland's geological history dates back over three billion years, with the country's bedrock largely composed of ancient crystalline rock formations. It is within these formations that the rubies, along with other gems, originated. The particular geological processes that led to the formation of rubies in Greenland are associated with the pressure, temperature, and mineral combinations found deep within the Earth’s crust.
The first indications of ruby deposits in Greenland emerged in the early 21st century when geologists and gemologists began exploring the island’s untapped mineral potential. These explorations were primarily driven by Greenland's evolving economic and political landscape, with the autonomous territory looking to diversify its economy and lessen dependence on Denmark.
In the 2000s, substantial deposits of rubies and pink sapphires were identified in southwestern Greenland. These finds were primarily around the Fiskenæsset complex. The discovery was significant not only for Greenland but for the global gemstone market, as a new and promising source had been unveiled.
Recognizing the potential, several mining companies showed interest in the region. One notable venture, True North Gems, started actively mining the Aappaluttoq deposit in the Fiskenæsset region, aiming to bring Greenland rubies to the global market.
By the 2010s, Greenlandic rubies started appearing in jewelry stores, celebrated for their unique origin and quality. These rubies had a slightly different hue and characteristic than their counterparts from traditional ruby sources like Myanmar or Thailand, giving them a unique place in the market.
4. Sustainability and Ethics
Given the global concerns about the ethical sourcing of gemstones, especially with stories of "blood diamonds" from Africa, Greenland rubies were seen in a positive light due to the country’s strict environmental and labor regulations. The mines in Greenland adopted responsible mining practices, ensuring minimal environmental impact and fair labor conditions.
5. Cultural and Economic Impact
The discovery and commercial exploitation of rubies brought a new dimension to Greenland's identity. The local communities benefited from the jobs created by the mining operations, and the global interest in Greenland rubies brought attention to the nation's broader cultural and environmental heritage.