Starting a Gemstone Business

Gemstone business is a profit-friendly business because of its value in the market. However, you need to provide wide selection of gemstones.

Despite of low supply of some gemstones you can still anticipate for decent profit.

Starting a business to sell gemstones is not that easy. You need to devote your time, patience and the most important is to invest big amount of money. Gemstones are expensive, the diamonds and sapphires are the priciest stones. In buying gemstone, you can directly visit mining sites where you can buy different gemstones at lower cost. However, you need to bring along someone who knows how to identify gemstones so that you can get the stones that worth your money. There are trade shows and online stores that offer the items. Nevertheless, the cost of shipping and transaction will be added to the original price that would make it higher.

On the other hand, before you purchase gemstones, you should decide what kind of stone you want to sell. Likewise, you need to determine if you will sell the gemstones in retail market or in wholesale. If you want to invest in the retail market, you will employ gemstone cutter to cut the stones. Moreover, you can also buy cut gemstones and make them into jewelry. The good thing about selling in retail market is that you can gain higher profits. However, since you will need to hire gemstone cutter and purchase machinery the initial capital that you will need will be higher. Make sure to buy gemstones that are certified by Gemology Institute of America.

In case you will sell cut stones, it is required that you hire skilled gemstone cutter. The cut of the stone can also add thousands of dollars to the actual price. Otherwise, the price will be slash down if the cut is not good. According to experts, you need to pay extra attention in cutting light-colored stones like pink sapphires and diamonds as compared to darker gemstones. This means that the price of the gemstone or the jewelry depends on how it is cut. That is why proper knowledge on cutting the stones plays important role on the profits you will gain.

In like manner, you need also to identify your target market or buyers. You can sell your items online or to high-end retailers. Likewise, investors can also be your client especially those looking for collectors items. By identifying your target buyer you will be able to cater their needs. You need to research the market to be competitive. Make comparison of price as well as the quality of the gemstones. Selling online will give you the opportunity to have more exposure of your business. Doing this you can have the greater chance to obtain more customers.


  • selina said on February 15, 2011
    Hi , i live in kenya and i am intending to do this business of gemstones but i have never gone to a gemology school. where can i find a person who knows how to identify this stones?
  • fran beginner adviser said on May 28, 2012
    @selina, i understand that you intend to do business of gemstones, contact me for more info at there is much you can learn in a short time first and once you have the basics the rest comes automatically. || Gemstone Business Consultant

  • fran beginner adviser said on May 28, 2012
    I am looking for buyers for diamonds,gold and tanzanites.if you are a jeweler or want to start a jewelry shop and need a steady supplier of almost all kinds of precious materials for jewelry making,contact me at,am based in east africa. || Gemstone Business Consultant

  • timothy said on June 11, 2012
    i am an experienced Gem Cutter for the last 40 years ,based in kenya ,retired but consulting, i have cutting facilities with me ,to undertake in gemstone cutting works. can get back to me through
  • juliao pinto said on October 15, 2012
    Hi, My name is Juliao pinto, we are direct seller of rough diamond from Angola, we are looking for buyer who interested, we can not take up front payment. Email:, Mobile +27 788 561 301 Skype juliao.pinto3, best regard, julao pinto
  • vikram sharma said on December 17, 2012
    Hi, I am live in India i am looking for buyers for any type of gemstone who interested please call me or Email:-
  • kalpesh patel said on January 26, 2013
    sir, i am from India, Gujarat producing yellow american diamonds having registered company. producing 6-11 mm diamond. l am looking for export it to other country. can you help me
  • asanka indunil said on February 4, 2013
    hi..i am from sri lanka. i am looking for buyers, any type of gemstone. our country famous for precious gemstone. if you are interested . i can give you reasonable price..Email
  • ASHOK SHARMA said on April 6, 2013
    hi everybody, i'm from India, we have manufacturing in gems stone. we sell and buy gems stone and rough, quality and price should be good & right. like that mostly white topaz blue topaz and green amethyst rough preferred. if any buyer want sell or purchase then contact to me by mail my mail id is "
  • K.v.Rajesh said on April 7, 2013
    I am from India. State Andhra Pradesh location is Visakhapatnam i am interested to start business in stones need help want to know the initial investment and other details
  • Raees said on April 14, 2013
    Hello, i am from afghanistan, i take interest to start a business of diamonds and gemstone, but i don't know the complete information about buying and selling of diamonds, i desire to know how much i can invest money @ the beginning.
  • Peter Angellides said on May 2, 2013
    Hello. I am a gemstone dealer with lots of overseas buyers. If you have gemstones for sale or even to buy then we can do business. Contact me
  • Sahibzada Fazal Akbar said on May 2, 2013
    Hello, i am from Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Pakistan. I am looking for buyers for emerald & an investor for diamond, gold, and ruby .if you any interested me then contact this
  • Tobys said on June 2, 2013
    Hi i'm in Australia Looking at starting a gem cutting business in Asia-India etc any help from general startup requirements etc would be great help you can contact me anytime at also any precious semi precious rough merchants would be good in order to compile list of buyers from Asia region Thanks
  • Sukhendu Roy said on June 25, 2013
    I want to start a business for sell Gem how to do it ? I am from Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • virginiah wanjiru said on July 21, 2013
    i am an agent (though i can buy up to a certain level) gold, diamond, gem stones. If you want an agent, we negotiate price, i take you to market, you give me commission. Or sell to me if we agree the price. Contact me.
  • philip mwendwa said on August 11, 2013
    I have about 500g of rough tanzanite am selling so if interested you can contact me through +254 717488134 or
  • krishnarao said on September 21, 2013
    Hi, I am krishna rao from india ap, i have some raw gemstones but i dont know where to sell them, please guide me to sell them
  • Sarkar said on November 13, 2013
    Hello every one I would like to do gemstone business in small scale in one of the small city of west bengal. If any body shares his knowledge in this regard will be very much appreciated . I am having absolutely no idea about this business. Please advice. Best regds.
  • Esmily said on November 21, 2013
    Hi, i am a Kenyan and i would like to start gemstones business. I get tourmaline gemstones good quality but i don't know where to sell them and at what price per gram. please advice. Kind regards, Esmily
  • kishore said on December 7, 2013
    hello every one i am from india. i am an exporter & importer of gems and diamonds contact me if you any kind of rough gems. kishore +919866066045 email: 9866066045
  • Meba Selassie Mekonnen said on December 15, 2013
    Hello, I am interested in starting a gem stone business i.e. exporting and then in near future cutting. How do i proceed? thanks for the help
  • victoria said on February 9, 2014
    Hi, am in Kenya and would like to sell rough/raw green garnet and tanzanite in bulk. Where do I find the market? Kindly advice. Contact me on +254 722 164 643
  • nyaga said on February 12, 2014
    am in kenya with a collection of gemstones looking for buyers with high bids please contact via for pictorial samples and further discussions or call 0707132447
  • salman said on February 21, 2014
    hi i frm srilanka i have with gems stones with sapphire so i'll sell. that gems stop plz jest help with me
  • sultan said on March 4, 2014
    Anyone know a source of cheap gold or red mercury. Email me at we can do biz
  • frank said on March 19, 2014
    Hello almost about to start my gem cutting business in Tanzania debuting in MAY 2014 GOD WILLING. At the moment this month of MARCH 2014 all what i need now is a partner in rough diamonds selling and cutting bringing in market or logistics otherwise am also encouraging serious buyers to acquire a monthly supply of more than 500 carats per month contract,at the moment i have establish relations with four miners who have merged into one small scale entity. i am now selling all what they produce exclusively. i have photos and a lot of information i can share on regulations, trading etc in diamonds business as a whole in this region. buyers willing to come to Tanzania this month here is the key: I also welcome any inquiries in this field. Lets talk business.
  • frank said on March 19, 2014
    i am also looking for lapidary equipment sellers for new gem cutting and polishing outfit. prices accompanied by detailed information are welcome as well as used gem cutting machines sellers/owners etc.
  • Sam omwando said on March 21, 2014
    I'm kenyan looking a market for rough gemstones blue garnet and ruby please contact 0733312475 or email
  • Makon galbes said on March 27, 2014
    Hello we have Rough sapphire gemstone for sale at very good prices which can be used for jewelry and supply them to other companies contact us directly via mail for more infos skype..monlonjules
  • Mishraji said on April 1, 2014
    Pls guide me to sale bulky quantity of precious non precious gems of Odisha mines (India) like Ruby, Cats eye, Nilam, Gomedh, Emareld, Garnet, Pearl, Redcoral, Saffair, Zircon, Turmuline, Quartz, moon, Coronum, Hukick, Topaz, Tiger, Amethyst, Feroza etc. Contact 91 96587 19127. mail - with regards, Mishraji
  • Galgallo alinur said on April 8, 2014
    Hae, i'm kenyan looking for buyer of rough gem stone, i got emrald and aquamarine, you can contact me (+254710888422)waiting for best bid...
  • SHAHI GEMS said on May 15, 2014
    Hello firstly ( Startupbizhub ) thank you for the information . I am from Afghanistan Living in India dealing in Rough Gemstones from Afghanistan Such as: Rough Lapis Lazuli, Rough Tourmaline, Rough Fluorite and Rough Panjshir Emerald, Anyone who are interested in these Rough Gemstones i can help them start their businesses from Rough stone to Jewelry, I also purchase the same Rough gemstones if any body can provide me at competitive and reasonable prices i am interested for further and long term relation in the business. thank you very much, SHAHI GEMS
  • hendrick hopley said on May 22, 2014
    Hello, I am in Arusha, Tanzania. I am looking for a buyer of all colored stones and cutting top quality standard Cutts; connect me with anyone interesting I can supply any quantity. Thanx.
  • Ms. Ivy said on June 8, 2014
    Dear all, I am seller of precious gemstones ruby blue sapphire and other stones. At present if real buyer interested to purchase 1000 carats of blue sapphire and 1000 carats of ruby please contact me at Thanking You Ivy
  • Chitharanjan Das said on June 8, 2014
    Hi there, Appreciate if you could send me the price list for both. I am Indian currently in Australia. Please let me know all the details on my above email and i will contact you soon.
  • Mr Denis said on July 6, 2014
    We are an import / export and allied services company located in Guinea. We are interested in exportation of mineral deposits such as Gold, Diamond, Iron, Bauxite, Aluminium products from Guinea and Sierra Leone. We are interested in doing business with you..Email:
  • James said on August 5, 2014
    Kenyan looking for serious buyers of gold and diamond plus gemstones. Its a clean business and very legal. Please get back to me if you are interested. You can call me on +252 724466292 or via
  • Laco PANDA said on August 12, 2014
    Dear interested friend and partner who is willing and want to work with me in the gemstone business Industry. If you are the person who really want to work with me then here is my condition. I supply you with Rough Diamonds plus different types of coloured gemstones to work partnership with and you come can come up with proper set up to start gemstone business in my country Papua New Guinea. This gemstone project is unknown in my country and I first to registered with government requirements to set up gem business in my country. So whoever is interested to be partner and invest by setting this up you are most welcome and may God Almighty Yeshua bless you mightly with His wisdom and understanding regarding this newly gemstone project in my country . If you know that God has chosen you to be my partner then call me on my cell phone number is: + 675 7364 3844 or email me:
  • AKHILESH JAIN said on August 24, 2014
    i am interested for gemm & stone business how can start business and other detail for gems & stone. i know start the business big amount. so help me plz
  • malcolm dion said on October 16, 2014
    i have gemstones and looking for buyer
  • Toladavid said on October 18, 2014
    Hi, my name is tola am from nigeria. I like gemstone business, if you ready to sell, i am interested. You can contact me on +2348055678003, +2348060581230,
  • Np gems said on November 25, 2014
    Hi, I live in India i am looking for buyers for garnet and fancy gemstone who interested please call me or
  • nesredin said on November 26, 2014
    hi guys! i'm from Ethiopia i can supply gems stone specially, Tourmalin, aquamorin, emerlard and topaz. any body needs of these gems we can contact through my email.
  • marios said on December 1, 2014
    Dear buyers, I have a variety of different colours and shapes of cut citrine for sale. Am located in Lusaka-Zambia. Any interested buyers can email me on:
  • pazouki said on December 1, 2014
    Dear buyers i have red jasper stone for sale , am located in Iran , any buyers can email me on:
  • Chand said on December 1, 2014
    From India , I am looking for rough stone from Africa. Please send photos with price item by item as soon as possible. Chand
  • marios said on December 6, 2014
    I have rough ORANGE citrine for sale. Stones from 50grm-250grm. Any request contact Location: Zambia
  • Emily said on December 11, 2014
    Am a Nigeria and an exporter of gemstones; Green, Pink, blue Tourmaline, Garnet, Topaz, Blue Sapphire. you can contact me and seeking partnership from other African countries.
  • Chand said on December 15, 2014
    I am looking for rough stones please send me price on my email
  • MASGEMS said on December 15, 2014
    I am from Sri Lanka and looking for good Rose / Pink Garnet, Colour change Garnet, Tourmaline, Tsavorite and Aquamarine ROUGH from East Africa Kenya / Tanzania / Madagascar in Kilo Grams -Please contact me - Preferably kenyan, Tanzanian nationals are welcome ..
  • Ruth Abidemi said on December 15, 2014
    @Tola I have some rough green stone for sell will contact U.
  • Wanjiku said on December 26, 2014
    I am Anne from Nairobi, I am looking to buy rough gems and rubies at a wholesale price, i would like to deal directly with the miners, however I'm open to doing business with the locals, reach me at
  • gk said on January 5, 2015
    selling all gemstones and at any quantity. Kenya
  • nĂ asir said on January 6, 2015
    I have gemstones and i live in Somalia gedo region in luuq district my district is near the border of Kenya mandera district in Kenya is 90km away from my district luuq i have these gemstones like sapphire, amethyst, citrine, and tourmaline i have these items to great extent and i also know many resources of gemstones in Somalia i can put for sell these items in mandera district in Kenya if these company wants to buy these gemstones sapphire, citrine quartz, amethyst, rose quartz from me and my gmail is please let me know the address of the company the email and the telephone is important for me in order to get contact with the company thanks
  • shaif mansuri said on January 13, 2015
    hi, i am in australia and looking to start my gem stone business. can some one please guide me how can i start. where i am going to sell. i am happy to give some money to others if they help me to start my business. please guide me on 0430481942or email me.thanks
  • Richard Yawo said on January 16, 2015
    Hi i live in Papua New Guinea. I'm a local who mines for natural rough gemstone. I'm looking for a buyer who can identify my gemstone collection with the prices. My email:
  • Tanaka said on January 18, 2015
    i am Tanaka from Mutare, Zimbabwe. i have great knowledge in the gemstone industry and i am a professional Graduate diamond evaluator and diamond cutter. i am looking for buyers of Tourmalines, garnets, sapphire etc. i am also looking for a serious investor who wants to investor in diamond mining, cutting and gem-cutting and polishing company. Please feel free to contact me by email:
  • Kinyanjui said on January 21, 2015
    I am a Kenyan looking for rough stones please send me price on my email
  • matt said on January 23, 2015
    Is there anyone need gem processing machine, pls feel free to
  • babak said on February 17, 2015
    we have rough stone emerald.from panjshir afghanistan. we want to sale it. if you want buy it contact us 9000 ct.
  • samuel said on February 18, 2015
    i have green garnets that can produce 5 carats of 29.8gms and several others am looking for a serious buyer. contact me through
  • salman said on February 22, 2015
    Hi, i m frm kolkata (india) if u r looking 4 best quality ruby and emerald contact me .
  • stone said on March 13, 2015
    the gem cutting, drilling machine that we provide, if anyone need pls contact us freely at
  • xavier said on March 16, 2015
    Hi, I am Xavier. I am living an American living in Kenya. I would like to buy rough stones but am also interested in large uncut specimens for display. Please email me at
  • abdullah said on April 15, 2015
    I have a stone rough natural for sale.if ur chinese gem buyer or other country ask me is.Skype name Chinesexuexi
  • Aries.wonk said on April 19, 2015
    Dear Friends from all over the world. I have growing gemstore here in Indonesia, I'm looking for an reputable Supplier for all gemstone (precious, semiPrecious and rough) i'm not buying in large quantity but i'm buying in small quantity in many variety. and also i'm paying only from Paypal. if you are capable please contact me, I prefer Whatsapp +62 85850152206 and lets talk about gemstone business. regards
  • Sue said on May 5, 2015
    Am looking for genuine gemstones from kenya/Tanzania. Rubby Aquamarine Taumarine Tanzanites or any other gemstones. pls email me with grade price per gram and quality and quantity you can supply on a regular basis.
  • Amin Khan said on June 25, 2015
    My name is Amin Khan. I have an office in Canada and USA. I have been working directly with mines to provide the best quality in gemstones and jewelry to my customers in North America. All natural gems and minerals at best wholesale prices. I do accept paypal. Please contact me at
  • Abdul said on July 5, 2015
    Hi I am from puntland Somali no I live in Australia Melbourne I have a Lot of gemstones i'm looking for a client 61422858666
  • arun said on July 8, 2015
    hai I'm interested to start gemstone business. I'm from Rajasthan if someone interested than contact me at 9799250124 Or.
  • Matthew said on July 22, 2015
    Am from nigeria, if you are interested in buying rough diamond and gemstone white topaz %100 clear, AAA quality no inclusion, sized 25g-30g depending on your shipping on your first order. kindly email me for more details Nice doing business with you all.
  • mohammad sajid said on August 26, 2015
    hi, fran i want to talk to you. so contact me.. my mail id is
  • Isa said on October 10, 2015
    I am a Nigerian living in Ibadan,Nigeria.I buy from local miners and sell all colors of Tomourline.if you interested contact me on WhatsApp +2348032453112, BBM 2b669728 or Email you.
  • Diana said on October 14, 2015
    Hi, am Diana from Kenya, I mine rhodolite and white sapphire ,pink spinel, am looking for long term buyers, email me on 77dianakinyua for more details.
  • Arya said on October 16, 2015
    Hi, I am from Mumbai, India, I am a Graduate Gemologist studied from Gemological Institute of America, USA. I have professional work experience in Gems and Jewelry. I now wish to start a Gemstone business from here in India. But require finance to start and expand this business. I want to start trading of cut and polished Gems. I am looking for like minded people who would like to work wish me together. Interested people please contact me on e-mail
  • Raynold Akram said on October 25, 2015
    I Raynold Akram live in Papua New Guinea and have on sale a gemstone about a size of a soccer ball with 3 different colours in it, red, black, and green colours, and is uncut therefore, any interested buyers contact me on phone. +67570464231
  • Ali said on January 11, 2016
    Hi, My Name is AliOmer I hope your business is going good I'm going to tell you I have different stones and most expensive and precious natural stones of Afghanistan basically we are supplier of Rough stones like ( Ruby, Emeralds, Berouj Crystals,Topaz Aquamarine, Flouride, , etc you can contact with me for more information contact :( 0093787940379 ) ( what's app,Viber, IMO ) Important massage: Our product is Guaranteed
  • Charles said on January 12, 2016
    Hi guys! i'm from Kenya i can supply gems stone specially, Tourmaline,Green garnet, Rubby and Rodlight. any body needs of these gems we can contact through my email.
  • steve said on February 5, 2016
    HI guy i have been trying to locate for this guy called Peter Munyoki gem stone cutter and jewellery maker along Kirinyaga Road does any one know the shop
  • christopher siame said on February 18, 2016
    Dear buyers am Christopher siame from zambia .I have rough Corrine,clear quartz, green tourmalines, pink tourmalines looking for the buyer. Anyone interested please contact me on and I can supply any other types of gemstones and my whatsapp number is +260968986902
  • Silas Banka said on February 21, 2016
    My name is Silas Banka from Papua New Guinea. I'm in Province call LAE, Morobe. Ive been on internet for almost a year trying to find a contact of gemstone. My collection of gemstone are huge and few of them are unseen. All I am interested is to find someone who can guide me throught and get it sold. Therefore for I now will ask you all if you are willing to assist me with my gemstone.Please, reply me back as soon as possible. Regards,
  • Alois said on March 4, 2016
    Hello, my name is Alois and I am from Papua New Guinea. I have variety of gemstones and I am currently searching for interest buyer overseas to sell them. All gemstones are tested in the mining department @the university of technology and have reports available.Please contact me through my gmail if interested. Gmail adress:
  • thoufiq said on March 8, 2016
    Hello, all of name,s thoufiq &i am from indonesia. I am suplier variety natural gemstone original indonesia only. If you need information about indonesia gemstone or anotherbussines in my country you can contact me. or our office email. whatapps +62 8132 6623456 Best regard.
  • ramakrishnan.s said on March 27, 2016
    Hello,i am living in india.tamil nadu.chennai,I want to start gems business in india.what is the rules and regulation in india.where to contact.what is the this business is lucarative.what is the future of this field.what is the drawback in this business.i have enough money to start this business.first step what to do.
  • Emmanuel Nyambu said on April 3, 2016
    Hi am Emmanuel from Kenya. A graduate gemologist. Don't wanna lose your investment in this gemstones business know what you're buying. Contact
  • Zeeshan said on April 4, 2016
    Hello everyone, My name is Zeeshan and I am from Pakistan. I have variety of gemstones like rough nd cut emerald panjsher rough green tourmalines, pink tourmalines Ruby ,Aquamarine and many more as per demand. I am currently searching for interested buyer overseas to sell them.Please contact me through my gmail if interested. Gmail id.
  • hemanth cvss said on April 5, 2016
    Hi am interested to start gem stone and jewelry business.can you please help me from where should i start and how to me on 9652377005 email
  • Rennie said on April 7, 2016
    Hello all, I am Rennie from Papua New Guinea (PNG). I have varieties of gemstones combined carat of 1700. I have Blue Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies and many more. I am currently searching for overseas buyers. I be contacted on renniehmoat@gmailcom / +675 7223-5003. If you need pictures or photographs of these gemstones and the gemologist report, contact me.
  • Ramzi M said on April 20, 2016
    Hi, Ramzi from Sri Lanka I can find buyers for gemstons from african region if interested please send full pictures of gems colour and clarity of stones is very important. Please contact me on watsup +974777274256.
  • Alfonse Keter said on May 7, 2016
    Hi am from Kenya, i have gems stone specially, Green garnet and Rubby. any serious buyer of these gems can contact through my email. .com
  • matthew said on May 8, 2016
    Hi my names mathew and i have variety of gemstones.. espc ruby yellow sapphire emeralds..if interested to buy rough stones email me...
  • Ruth Sunday said on May 12, 2016
    Hi am interested to start gem stone and jewelry business. can you please help me from where should i start and how to start. contact me on +2348060202788 email
  • Joseph orienta said on May 23, 2016
    Hello am Joseph orienta, i reside in Bayelsa state i have an interest in coming into this precious stone business please a guide on how to go about it thanks.
  • Valentine Nnadi said on June 4, 2016
    Hello! I am interested in gemstone and precious stone business.How do I start. Please help me. Contact me on +2348098592637.
  • farmaan said on June 16, 2016
    Hello i am farmaan from . Jaipur rajasthan india. Our firm name is hr colour stone gems we are the manufacturers of emrailed precious stones and retailers of semi precious also so i f u have any emraild stone to sell please contact me at If u want any emraild ring size piece than also. Thanks.
  • Joy said on July 3, 2016
    Hello, am Joy from Nigeria am interested in gems stone business. I have serious buyers. Am in need of genuine sellers call or whatsapp me +234(0) 9036020048 email. Thanks
  • Erot said on July 6, 2016
    Hi guys, i am from Kenya Turkana County, i can supply gems stone specially, Tourmaline, Green garnet, red garnet, Yellow garnet, Rubby and Rodlight. any body needs of these gems he can contact through my email.
  • George said on July 16, 2016
    Very informative article. Thanks. I am from sri lanka I have both precious and semiprecious stones. I am looking for buyers.
  • Obaid ur Rahman said on August 1, 2016
    I belong to Peshawar Pakistan and want to start gemstone business to export it to other countries. At present I want to initiate it on micro level with less investment. All Colleagues and friends are requested to guide me in this regard. Thanks a lot. Obaid ur Rahman, Email:, whatsapp & Cell: 0923338002349


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