Gembridge expands its network to Africa. The digital trading platform Gembridge has appointed Kenyan gemstones dealer and miner Miriam Mimo Kamau as its brand ambassador to Africa which marks its entry into the African continent.
Miriam has agreed to list a showcase of a wide variety of gemstones currently being produced by Gembridge.
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 of Gembridge 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 without a father was forced to earn a livelihood for the survival of her family. Soon, 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 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. 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,” said Miriam.
Miriam is one of the few female dealers and miners in the male-dominated Kenyan, indeed African, gemstone trade.
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.