EXCLUSIVE SOURCING - Muzo International, as of 2014, has 100% control of the historic and venerable Muzo mine in Boyacá Colombia. With close work with the miners and community as well as investment in mining technology the Muzo mine will be an example of modern ethical mining for all other colored stone mines, in Colombia and the world. The provenance of an emerald from Muzo mine stands at the pinnacle of refinement along with rubies from Burma, diamonds from Golconda and sapphires from Kashmir.
PREMIER CUTTING - Muzo International has a policy of continuous visits from expert emerald cutters from not only Colombia but from all parts of the world. This enables our cutting facility in Bogotá to operate at high level of gem cutting: symmetry, brilliance and perfection.
CEDARWOOD OIL ONLY ENHANCEMENT POLICY - Connoisseurs appreciate our efforts to preserve the integrity of our emeralds. Emeralds have fissures due to their geochemical makeup and the nature of their crystal. We cut the stones to position most fissures on the pavilion, sacrificing a small amount of weight in order to leave the face more clean. Then we use cedarwood oil, a traditional and industry-accepted liquid, to reduce the visibility of those remaining fissures. Because we only cut emeralds that we mine, we control the whole process and guarantee the nature of the emeralds’ enhancement. The resulting emeralds are not only sought after by collectors but also pass the rigorous NGTC* laboratory tests in Beijing.
COMMUNITY AND STATE - For the first time ever in a Colombian emerald mine, Muzo miners and workers are receiving salaries, with health care and benefits organized and paid for by the individuals, our company and the Colombian government. The social contributions and payroll taxes that our company pays on a monthly basis are destined to the Social Security System which includes Labor Risks, Health System, Severance and Pension funds, Compensation Funds, the Colombian Family Institute and the Governmental Learning Service (SENA).
CERTIFICATION OF PEOPLE AND PROCESS - Every year our cutting and enhancement facility receives analysis and certifications granted by Bureau Veritas. This recognizes our attention to quality control. Our processes are under continuing review as we endeavor to refine and perfect our approach to cutting, polishing and enhancing emeralds. Since 2011 we have achieved the Quality Systems Management ISO 9001:2008 granted by Bureau Veritas with accreditation from ANAB (USA) and UKAS (United Kingdom).