By 1975, many overseas buyers were buying through the Sri Lanka office.
Sapphire Gem Cutters was later incorporated as Sapphire Cutters (Pvt) Ltd.
Naji’s wife Fareeda, son Shamil and Armil’s wife Sarrah are Directors and involved in the day to day running of the company.
Daughter Najeema Aboosalih,a FGA qualified Gemmologist is Consultant.
Kreamer, on one of the strap handles here, refers to the name of a big baking-pan manufacturer at the time.
By 1973 gem mining in Sri Lanka increased and many valuable gems were found. With years of family experience in the Trade, Naji Sammoon established Sapphire Gem Cutters, Colombo.
The company bought rough Sapphires and cut them to bring out the best in each stone.
By the early 20th century, aluminum was generally the material of choice (the two here, from the 1930s, have painted-wooden handles), but early plastics were also used.
Cookie cutters were often made in the four card suits -- and hearts were the most popular.