Nigeria is set to benefit from an array of activities by global gemstones merchant, Orion&Sirius Gems, targeted at giving back to Nigerian mining communities in the North.
Following the recent announcement of its “Fingerprints” campaign set to be launched in October, the brand revealed that it will be hosting the Fingerprints trio series – Nigeria Day, Homecoming Day and Masterclass targeted at giving back to the host communities by providing basic needs and empowering them with ethical trading practices and hands-on gemstones cutting trainings.
These activities will be unveiled officially later this year at a private event to raise global awareness on the importance of sustainable gems mining practices in Africa.
The brand will be unveiling different chapters of its gem journey and will start an open dialogue between international jewellery and fashion brands. Private rough auctions and a miners’ empowerment program will also be held to introduce the brand’s mine-to-market journey.
With a 7-year long experience, the African gemstone supplier has discovered unique gems in different African countries including Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and now in Nigeria states such as Jos, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Taraba and others. Discovered gems include aquamarine, tourmaline, garnet, emerald, sapphire and others handpicked and graded directly within the mines.
“Nigeria is endowed with a variety of precious and semi-precious gems. Beyond their international market trade value, they also constitute local development opportunities”, -Solange Boccovi, Managing Director, Orion&Sirius.
Commenting further on the opportunities that abound for Africa’s largely booming luxury and fashion industries, Solange Boccovi said, “Beyond our support to African gems miners, we would like to extend growth benefits to Africa luxury and fashion industries. Responsibly sourced gems are a
luxury norm which adds value to the whole supply chain”.
The brand envisions economic growth potential and employment opportunities all across jewellery supply chain for Nigeria.
Photos credit: Orion&Sirius
Orion&Sirius Gems is a global merchant of responsibly produced African coloured gemstones. Each gem produced is sorted and graded directly within the mines.
The company has been built by international gemmologists and commodity traders. They envision the modernization of the African coloured gemstone sector in building sustainable livelihoods within gems mining communities;
For more information on sponsorship and partnership, contact Solange Boccovi: “[email protected]”; or visit www.oandsgems.com
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