Digital trading platform Gembridge has expanded its industry ambassador network of respected coloured gemstone dealers to Africa with the appointment of Kenyan dealer and miner Miriam Mimo Kamau who plans to help showcase the continent’s importance as a gem producer by listing a wide variety of its gemstones.
Miriam, who rose from an economically disadvantaged background in rural Kenya to become founder and director of gemstone supplier Mimo Gem Traders, will join a list of established dealers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia to build the digital marketplace for coloured gemstones.
After graduating from high school in 1994, Miriam’s father died, forcing her into work to help her mother raise her siblings. She became passionate about gemstones when a U.S. gem dealer hired her as a receptionist in Nairobi.
Fascinated by the trade, Miriam’s employer increasingly involved her in the business and she obtained gemmology certificates from Kenya and South Africa in diamond and coloured gemstone identification, including processing from rough to cut polished minerals, cutting, sorting and marketing.
“I am looking forward to listing a broad assortment of gemstones from Kenya and other African countries on the Gembridge platform, which will include tsavorites, tanzanites, sapphires, rubies and tourmalines, among many others,” Miriam said.
“I want to help put Kenya and the rest of Africa on the map – and showcase Africa’s significance as a gem-producing continent — when it comes to gemstone trading through Gembridge.”
Miriam is one of the few female dealers and miners in the male-dominated Kenyan, indeed African, gemstone trade.
She often sets out on demanding journeys into the remote bush, risking encounters with wild animals, to source gemstones for her business.
Miriam Mimo Kamau
Gembridge is helping to pioneer the digital transformation of the coloured gemstone trade. It provides a marketplace for members to buy, sell and consign, via a secure, verified and insured door-to-door service.
Gembridge is a commercial member of CIBJO, and is a member of the ICA and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC.)
Gembridge is regulated by Singapore’s Ministry of Law for purposes of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, in cooperation with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Members of the trade are invited to register for Gembridge, free of charge, to join an exclusive membership with other respected industry players.
Once you complete the member verification process, you can view all prices, buy from our Showcase and list coloured gemstones on your own exclusive Shopfront.
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