Who We Are
Based in Colombo, New World Gem was formed in 1989 by Mr Azmi Sameen who had been in the gemstone and lapidary trade since the late 70’s. With over 4 decades experience in the trade, today our founders vision brings together a combination three pillars- Lapidary services, supplying color stones, and on-site gem buying consultancy. We are a family based business passionate for gemstones and committed to making strong business relationships with our stakeholders. In the early years of its formation New World expanded its operations by identifying the needs of the international markets of Thailand, Germany, USA by being an effective lapidary cutting and exporting white topaz from Sri Lanka.
We have a range of Sapphires (Blue sapphire, Pink sapphire, Yellow sapphire, Padparadcha), Ruby, Cats Eye, Star Sapphires, Spinels, Garnets, White Topaz, Quartz varieties and a variety of other gemstones. Get in touch with us about any enquiry regarding gemstones, rough cutting, cabochon cutting, recutting gemstones or heating sapphires.You can place direct orders for specific gemstones you require such as sapphires, amethyst, quartz , topaz in calibrated sizes for your jewellery projects.
If you plan to visit Sri Lanka for gem buying we will organize buying days in our offices in Colombo, Beruwala and Ratnapura.
Travelling to trade shows since the 1980s we to date exhibit in many gemstone fairs around the world. You can meet us at the GJX Tuscon Arizona, Hong Kong Gem & jewelry Fairs, China gem & Jewellery Fairs, we hope to visit Europe in the coming years.
Building new relationships, travelling and having consistent honest dealings with our stakeholders is a way of business we embody.
We are a member company of the ICA – the International Colored Gemstone Association, board members of the National Gem & Jewellery Association of Sri Lanka (NGJA), organizing members of the annual International Gem & jewellery Show in Sri Lanka– Facets , founding members of Sri Lankan Lapidarists and Exporters Association.
New World Gem Pvt Ltd was established in 1989 after its founder had been involved in the color stone trade since the early 1970’s as a small scale gem dealer. Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundance of precious gemstones of all varieties, foreign buyers along with the improving trends in tourism made vast opportunities in the gem industry. Our founder saw the potential of specializing in locally mined white topaz and concentrated on faceting them and exporting to Thailand and USA. Attending US and German trade shows during the 1980’s inspired NWG to market lapidary services overseas and obtain new orders. Starting off as a cutter of white topaz from Sri Lanka gradually we started cutting many types of other material , quartz, sapphires, sunstones for various foreign companies who would send their material to Sri Lanka for cutting.
Since the late 1990’s onwards we started dealing in Color stones and concentrated on building an inventory of a variety of Sri Lankan gemstones.As of now we have a range of fine gemstones in many varieties of all sizes giving attention to clarity and cut. We deal not only in Sri lankan material but also gemstones from various origins so that we can have a variety of gemstones.Specializing in sapphires of all colors and tones we hold in inventory many cats eye, star sapphires, spinels, garnets, topaz, tourmaline . We visit the trading markets and mine areas regularly to source gemstones from trusted first hand sources, we also get a regular supply of gemstones to our offices by our suppliers.
Since 2005 we were expanding our lapidary operations to more material that arrived in our lapidary for faceting.We had the pleasure of starting to work with many renowened miners of sunstones and montana sapphires from USA.Our special brilliant cuts, portugese cuts, emerald cuts , ascher cuts are amongst the favourites of our clients. Over the years we have had many prominent buyers of gemstones who work with us when they visit Sri Lanka.They include businessman from USA, Canada, india, Thailand and Europe.The inspiration of the Gem trade in our family by our founder made the way for the second generation of businessman from our family.Now we operate as a family business involved in lapidary as well as dealing in color stones. We take part in many trade shows, including the GJX Tuscon gem show, Hong Kong March and September shows, China Gem & Jewellery shows.