27 March 2017

Gemfields Drives New Proof of Provenance Technology

Together with the Gübelin Gem Lab, Gemfields announced the launch of a new type of traceability technology creating independent proof of provenance for emeralds.

This new technology uses customised DNA-based nanoparticles that are applied directly at the mine, onto the rough emerald crystals. Developed specifically to survive the usual procedures which an emerald undergoes, the nanoparticles can be retrieved and decoded at any stage enabling traceability back to the miner. Gemfields were invited to join the project as a test partner because of the robust supply chain and established standards of responsible sourcing. The technology has stood up to rigorous testing and has been well-received by the world press. Both partners are looking forward to introducing this on a wider basis imminently.