Moyo Gems is a responsible miner-to-market gemstone collaboration born in East Africa. We work with the women artisanal gem miners (and their male allies) in Tanzania and Kenya to source rubies, sapphires, tourmaline, garnets, citrines, and amethysts, from responsible miner to market. We work to empower women miners to work safely, mine better, improve financial security, and create stable, equitable markets for fair trade. Approximately 60% of all Moyo Gems miners are women. While we do allow male allies to join the program, there are rules, and we are clear about our focus on women.
Moyo Gems is operated by the nonprofit development organization Pact, which has dynamic country offices worldwide and its headquarters in the USA. Pact Kenya, Pact Tanzania, and Pact's unique Mines to Markets program are behind this effort.
Pact works in seamless collaboration with the Tanzanian Women Miners Association, the Association of Women in Extractive Industries in Kenya, East African exporters, and the responsible international trading companies ANZA Gems, Nineteen48, and Maison Piat. Together, we convene, engage, train, and encourage responsible community-based artisanal miners, and then buy, export, and market fully traced gemstones to jewelry makers and manufacturers worldwide, and on to responsibly-mined consumers.
Moyo Gems is centered on artisanal and small-scale miners, the hidden workforce behind global products. They are easily to malign and they are almost always completely unknown to the consumer. Moyo Gems aims to change that by offering radical traceability, backed by blockchain, that connects the consumer to the dynamic communities of East Africa.
Moyo Gems has been co-designed by miners and therefore there are unique benefits:
Who can join Moyo and what are the rules?
Please check out our extensive FAQ section.
How is Moyo Gems viewed by the Governments of Tanzania and Kenya?
Governments typically love Moyo Gems too. Miners are required to be locally licensed, all royalties are paid at the point of sale and at export, and Moyo Gems helps with formalization of miners. How we pay taxes is unique because -- outside of Moyo -- it is extremely common for gemstones to be blantantly smuggled across borders with no taxes paid at all, nor license registration. Moyo Gems pays taxes twice! We pay when the miner sells gems to Moyo, and again on export. All miners that have sold to Moyo have had their licenses verified, meaning that they either have a license in their name, their name is on a group license, or there is a bridge agreement in place to document their agreement with the license-holder.
Ultimately, Moyo Gems aims to capture the maximum possible value for miners and their communities. We are piloting additional sales opportunities for Moyo-qualified miners. For example, read this recent case study.
Why do we emphasize women miners?
It was the women miners of Tanzania that first captured the world's attention and were the force to create Moyo Gems. Pact and its partners want to maintain that focus to honor our roots. Women miners are 60% of program participants at minimum, and men are allowed to participate under the rules set by the local Moyo Gems program. Women typically face enormous obstacles in every day life, and enormous discrimination in mining, which is another reason their needs are elevated within Moyo.
Program website - https://moyogems.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/moyogems/
These are the common questions that we receive. If you have others, please use the 'contact us' form to get in touch.
Check out this partial list of news about Moyo Gems...
Print, TV, and online press:
Robb Report - February 2022- "7 Ultra-Rare Precious Stones We Saw at the Tucson Gem Shows"
France Channel 1 - December 2021 - ""Les coulisses de la place Vendôme / Grands Reportages"
The Financial Times (Denmark) - December 2021 - "køb diamanter med tjek på etikken" / "Buying verified ethical diamonds" (print only)
The Financial Times (UK) - How to Spend It - November 2021 - "The Good Gems Guide"
National Jeweler - November 2021 - "Moyo Gems Is Expanding Into Kenya" https://www.nationaljeweler.com/articles/10369-moyo-gems-is-expanding-into-kenya
Rapaport Jewelry Connoisseur - September 2021 - "Women's Work"
National Jeweler - March 2021 - "Brilliant Earth Launches Moyo Gems Collection " https://www.nationaljeweler.com/articles/8641-brilliant-earth-launches-moyo-gems-collection
British Vogue - September 2020 - " Good News: In 2020, Sustainable Jewellery Is Finally Top Of The Agenda"
Scottish Sunday Post - November 2019 -- "Miner miracle: Scots jeweller joins global fight to end unethical trade in gems from Africa" https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/moyo-gemstones/
National Jeweler - October 2019 -" You Can Now Buy Stones from Moyo Gems"
National Jeweler - April 2019 - "Sustainability Stories: Mine to Market with Moyo Gemstones" https://www.nationaljeweler.com/blog/7668-sustainability-stories-mine-to-market-with-moyo-gemstones
Forbes -- April 2019 -- " Moyo Gemstone Collaboration A Model For Responsible Jewelry Initiatives "
"The Women Behind a Bespoke Bracelet "
Steve Quick Jeweler, 2021
"Material Study: Moyo Gems"
" Ethically sourced gemstones- Moyo Gems"
"How it all began"
"Tanzania: Moyo Gemstones' initiative to ensure female gemstone miners get a fair share of profit"
Webinars This is a 1-hour video of a webinar we ran on Tuesday 9th June 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRLQkpp1jEU A webinar with National Jeweler discussing what we have achieved in the first 2 years - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgxTof59VMQ
Also, check out these cool videos and posts from Pact:
"At Paris Fashion Week, luxury brand Repossi launches new jewelry collection with stones from Moyo Gems"
"MEET YOUR MINER Women gemstone producers of Tanzania's Umba Valley"
"What makes a Moyo gemstone different?"
"Meet your miner: Fatuma"
"Meet your miner: Prisca"
"Meet your miner: Asha"