About Us

Nineteen48 offers responsibly mined and fully traceable coloured gemstones from a number of carefully selected sources around the world. We provide sapphire and ruby, as well as a wide range of other gemstones including aquamarine, garnet, spinel, amethyst, tourmaline, moonstone, tanzanite, citrine, zircon, peridot and topaz.

We sell to private and retail customers, both in the UK and overseas, supplying everything from individual gemstones to large quantities of gems for wholesale or retail. Our aim is to provide a competitive and affordable product to our customers, as well as a fair return to our partners.

When you buy your gems from us, you have the peace of mind that your jewellery will be made with a stone that is guaranteed "conflict free" and conforms to the principles of full disclosure and fair trade.

Nineteen48 is also a commercial enterprise with a social conscience. From the outset, it was our intention to build a company that could contribute actively to charitable and community projects in the countries in which we operate (primarily Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the UK).

With the help of our customers, partners and supporters, we are able to make a positive impact on the lives of people in these countries and to ensure that they have a fair share of the profits derived from their labours.

Our company also actively supports efforts to promote responsible sourcing of diamonds, gemstones and gold with the jewellery industry, working as a member of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and a key participant in the Fair Luxury collective.

Our Vision

For the whole industry one day uses traceable sources for their materials and to ensure the products that are made are done without suffering caused to people and the planet. 

As well as this, our vision is to build a foundation that can fund charitable and social enterprise projects far into the future. We want our organisation to be recognised for the good it does for the community and to leave a legacy of which we will be proud.

Our Mission 

Our mission is to deliver responsible mined and fully traceable gems to the market place.

We consider ourselves to be different to other gem suppliers for the following reason:

  • Wide range of products that are ethically sourced
  • Full tracable and from a known source
  • Affordable - don't need to pay a premuim for ethical

Why Nineteen48

We chose the name Nineteen48 for our company, because 1948 was the year that Sri Lanka gained independence from the UK and it is therefore a significant date for the Sri Lankan people and one which also shows the historical link between the two countries.


As well as the Nineteen48 brand, we also sell coloured gemstones from Tanzania under the Rubyfair banner. You can find out more about Rubyfair at www.rubyfair.com.

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