Gemfields, gemstone miner and owner of Fabergé, has recently released its first series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

This is to mark the recent sale of the company’s largest ever high-quality emerald, Chipembele.

It has also partnered with Gübelin’s Provenance Proof for the initiative as it looks to raise funds for conservation.


The Gemfields NFT series, called ‘the Chipembele Crash’, comprises six unique rhinoceros avatars (a ‘crash’ being the collective term for a group of rhinos).

Each avatar features the characteristic emerald inclusions photographed inside Chipembele; and each one has been inspired by a real-life rhino at the North Luangwa Conservation Programme (NLCP) in Zambia, even carrying the individual ear-notch of the animal, as well as accessories that give a glimpse into its distinctive personality.

An exclusive photo of each rhino is provided as unlockable content to the NFT.

The Chipembele Crash, minted by Provenance Proof, will be sold via auction on OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace, with viewing available from 8 December, auction opening on 13 December and bids closing 19 December.

Funds raised from the sale of each member of the Chipembele Crash will go to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme to aid critical black rhinoceros conservation efforts, which will add to the donation Gemfields has already pledged from the sale of the Chipembele emerald.

Sean Gilbertson, CEO of Gemfields, commented: “Gemfields is excited to embrace innovative technology in supporting conservation efforts in Africa.

“We are delighted to celebrate the Chipembele emerald in this manner and to promote our belief in ‘conservation gemstones’.

“The Chipembele Crash NFTs are fun, unique and rooted in supporting the vital efforts of Zambia’s North Luangwa Conservation Programme.

“We hope that the NFTs appeal to likeminded thinkers and secure meaningful donations to help even more black rhinos in Zambia.”