Columbia Gem House, Inc. is a vertically-integrated
gemstone mining, cutting and marketing company founded
by Eric Braunwart, President and CEO, in 1977 and is
a charter member of the American Gem Trade Association
(AGTA). Columbia Gem House, Inc. is perhaps best known
as the world's largest supplier of brand-name exotic
gemstones including Tashmarine®, Cortez Pearls,
Grape Garnet®, Fire Citrine®, Spice Pearls®,
Imperial Diopside®, Royal Kings Plain Sapphire®,
Purple Sage® Chalcedony, Seafoam Tourmaline®
and Nyala ruby and sapphire. Each brand is limited
to the highest quality rough of each mine's production
and cut with precision for maximum brilliance and color.
Rough gems are mined and carefully sorted into quality
categories at our main office in Vancouver, WA, and
only the best qualities are sent to our cutting factory.
Columbia Gem House, Inc. has exclusive
agreements with many mines around the world, including
the mine in Southern Malawi that produces Nyala
ruby & sapphire, the Tashmarine® mine in China,
the Cortez Pearl farm in Mexico, and a new mine
in Tasmania. Together with its jewlery-manufacturing
subsidary, Trigem Design, this makes Colombia
Gem House, Inc. one of the few companies in the world
that can take a gemstone from the mine to the finished
"I wish people had the chance to see what
I see - the whole journey of a gem. From a rock
that comes out of the ground thousands of miles
away, across the ocean to the cutters' wheel, to
the brilliant centerpiece of a piece of fine colored
stone jewelry," Eric Braunwart says.
In 1991 Columbia Gem House, Inc. helped
establish a new gem cutting factory in Shenzen, China
to cut and polish rough gemstones. We developed our
own cutting facility to meet specific customer demand
and to raise the level of cutting standards to the highest
in the industry. We can confidently say we now produce
the best commercial cutting in the world. At the same
time, we developed strict procedures for production
to ensure the origin of each gemstone.
Our cutting factory is a model workplace. It doesn't
just meet international standards - it sets them. Our
successes have now become our trademark within the gem-cutting
industry. We now offer our expertise in cutting
services to you.
Fair Trade Gems
Columbia Gem House, Inc. is the principle
force behind the Fair Trade Gems. The Quality Assurance
and Fair Trade Gems Protocols is the standard by which
the gem mining industry is measured and has tangible
and lasting implications. Not only does it increase
the standard of living for the miners and gem cutters,
Fair Trade Gems benefits the global community at large.
In addition, we work closely with small miners across
the American West. In our efforts we developed the innovative
GemAmerica program which helps promote gemstones
mined here in the United States.
on Fair Trade Gems