An all-female wash plant has been set up by Fura in Boyacá, Colombia, for their Coscuez emerald project. Local women were hired based on their desires to have a more hands-on approach in the excavation of emeralds.
“We believe women in West Boyacá are a pillar of society in the area and that these opportunities help reflect the vital, strong, and active role women continue to play within their local communities,” said Dev Shetty, Fura Gems’ founder, and CEO, in a statement. “It is exciting to hear them talking about their jobs at the Coscuez Emerald Mine with so much pride and dedication.”
The new plant will have a minimum of 30 female employees, with more work to be found in the mining sector, including security, electrical repair, as well as picking and loading. The Coscuez mine has been a site for emerald production for four centuries. The newest plant will be up and operating during the first quarter of 2019 and will produce up to 240,000 tons of emerald a year.