From left: US Greenlandic Affairs Officer Sung Choi, Greenland Ruby Vice President Sales/Marketing Hayley Henning, and Greenland Ruby geologist Aaju Simonsen at the company’s mine in Aappaluttoq, Greenland
Greenland Ruby has become the first coloured gemstone miner to join the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), according to the company.
The miner, which maintains a head office in Nuuk, Greenland, is in the process of becoming certified against RJC's Code of Practices, which defines responsible, social and environmental business practices for companies in the jewellery supply chain.
Once Greenland Ruby completes a self-assessment, its practices will be audited by an independent, RJC-accredited auditor, who reports the results to RJC, revealed the miner. Following a technical review, RJC can issue Greenland Ruby a certification for either one or three years, depending on whether the auditors find significant practices on which the company need to improve. Greenland Ruby will then be re-audited on a regular basis after that.
In April 2019, RJC released a revised Code of Practices Standard, which for the first time expanded its scope to include the coloured gemstones ruby, emerald and sapphire. This paved the way for Greenland Ruby to join, the company said. Greenland Ruby’s mine produces both rubies and pink sapphires.