Zam Gems is one of the country’s largest and most respected gems and jewellery manufacturers.Zam Gems designs, manufactures and markets unique gemstones and modern jewellery made from genuine materials at affordable prices. Zam Gems range of gems and jewellery is sold in more than 5 countries on two continents through over 100 point of sale stores. Since its inception in 1976 and headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Zam Gems employs over 500 people worldwide.
Since time, Sri Lanka (or Ceylon) has been the famed source of some of the finest gems known to man, home to some of the best sapphires, rubies, cat’s eyes and alexandrites in the world. The old Arab traders that visited the Island used to say the gems found in Sri Lanka were the crystallized tears of Adam, since many of Sri Lanka’s major gem fields are located close the famed Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada). Sri Lanka is blessed to be extremely rich in its minerals and is home to upwards of 70 different kinds of precious and semi-precious gemstones, of which the fine Ceylon Blue Sapphire is arguably the most famous and the most sought after.
The success of Zam Gems in the local industry was both phenomenal and unprecedented, as Zam Refai quickly moved from selling gemstones to designing and creating jewelry inlaid with fine Ceylonese gemstones. Historically, Sri Lanka’s fine gemstones were often exported to leading names in the international jewelry industry to be used as raw materials in their jewelry manufacturing processes. Zam Refai had a vision to change this by adding value to the local gem industry by manufacturing and selling his own brand of local Sri Lankan jewelry, seeking to establish Sri Lanka as a source not just for fine gemstones, but also for equally high quality jewelry and workmanship. Soon, his reputation for producing fine jewelry gained him access to a lucrative niche market of foreign visitors and locals looking for high quality Sri Lankan jewelry products. Zam Gems had established itself firmly as the pioneer and leader in the Sri Lankan jewelry industry, opening retail showrooms in all of Colombo’s major five-star hotels.
Following the end of the Civil War, and in the positive boom of the post-war economic climate, Zam Gems has focused on developing its strengths within Sri Lanka, expanding rapidly to cater to the growing demand for Sri Lankan gemstones from the ever-increasing influx of tourists that visit the Paradise Isle.
Zam Gems currently has 10 domestic retail showrooms and two flagship stores in Colombo and Kandy as well as a showroom in the Duty Free Area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. The two flagship stores are equipped with a certified Gem Lab, Gem Lapidary, Jewelry Manufacturing Factory as well as a fascinating educational Gem Museum.
ZAM GEMS is synonymous with the very best of gemstones mined in Sri Lanka and is one of the leading exporters of precious stones and jewellery in the country. Zam Gems has enjoyed tremendous success in over 40 years since its incorporation due to its commitment to sourcing a variety of the finest gemstones Sri Lanka has to offer and combining them with skilled artisan design and workmanship to create exquisite pieces of jewel art. Today, Zam Gems is a proudly recognized Ceylonese brand with a strong customer following from around the world, from gem connoisseurs in Japan to China to the United States and Europe.
From the 1970’s up until the early 21st century, Sri Lanka was embroiled in a bitter Civil War that constantly threatened the economic stability and the amount of foreign visitors to Sri Lanka. In such a tough business climate, Zam Refai’s keen eye made him look externally, especially at the strong Japanese market where he had noticed a great demand for fine Ceylon gemstones. Joined in efforts by his effervescent son Ahsan Refai, Zam Gems was taken abroad, first opening its doors to the people of Tokyo, Japan, and then spreading to the Maldives, Malaysia, Qatar, the UAE and China, testing the mettle of this young Ceylonese brand on the international scene.
Zam Gems ensures that every gem or piece of jewelry sold is backed by proper certification of authenticity and warranty against defects. Today, Zam Gems is Sri Lanka’s market leader in the Gem & Jewelry industry with an extremely strong presence and reputation, both internationally and at home.