Most of them have been taught or instructed to do some rituals in order to get gemstones from the mine. If you ask them this is what they will tell “sometimes the mine collapses so we need to do these rituals so that the mine will not collapse during the mining operations. With such a case what is needed is to observe all the safety requirements for the mine not to collapse.
Some will say “we must do the rituals so that we get the gemstones early enough without taking much time and much digging.” Some have been made to believe because gemstones come from the ground they are demonic. This one too needs a technical procedure with proper instruments to where to actually go. But let me ask you a question, how come fuel that is petrol or diesel is also extracted from the ground are they also demonic?
If you can look for a bible and read the below verse of scripture you will notice different types of gemstones have been mentioned.
Ezek 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. (KJV)
Remember gemstones have nothing to do with the powers of darkness, but all you need is proper mining equipment and follow safety procedures.
The answer is yes. Let us start by looking what does the word integrity means? Integrity means, to do business in honest, loyalty, truth, and transparency without cheating or lying. Today there is a lot of cheating in gem business especially in Africa, and causing the gem business to be difficult especially when you do “on line business”.
Many have the money and they want to buy gemstones, but the problem is a trustworthy person on the selling side. Will they be able to sell what the display on the website? This is where the issue of integrity comes in. if you are doing online gem business you must operate on integrity for your business to grow. If you are loyal once you get an order, make sure your customer gets the correct material on time, this will make the customer to trust you and order more gemstones.
Make sure you tell the customer the truth about your products, if you are selling synthetic gems say so. If you are selling a pink tourmaline say it is a pink tourmaline and not pink spinel or sapphire simply because are sold easily.
The problem of changing figures is sometimes end to end problem, both the seller and the buyer. Both parties can agree to change figures for the sake of dodging taxes, the one that is being cheated here is called the Government. Let me give you a little illustration, in your website you are displaying item MGE 7 is US$ 10,000/=. After the bargaining you agree to sell for US$ 8,000/=, and the buyer asks you to write an invoice of US$ 2,000/= for him to pay little import duty.
Both the seller and the buyer have cheated your governments by reducing the actual price to dodge tax, the seller loyalty fee of US$ 8000 not US$ 2000 and the buyer the import duty of US$ 2000 instead of US$ 8000/.
It is possible some Government Mine Officer can overcharge you instead of US$ 8,000/ you are charged US$12,000/ as loyalties, all I can say is make sure you are clean on your side.
Make sure you run your business in a correct and transparent way. If you are doing any kind of cheating, stop it. Note that the government is a silent partner in your business, if the government will not offer you the export permit you won’t export your goods.
Make sure you give a correct information to revenue authorities, gem laboratory, courier. Please provide a correct “Gem Report”.
The issue of integrity does not need over emphasizing, but with it you can make your gem business run in loyalty and eventually grow to billions.