About Mina Stones

MINA STONES is a pioneer of Handcrafted African Fine Jewelry focused on delivering high level of creativity in design and craftsmanship. Steeped in rich traditions coupled with authenticity, the Mina Stones brand is synonymous with Handmade Luxury.

Vision

To showcase true beauty and value through handcrafted African Inspired Fine Jewelry.

MINA STONES, in collaboration with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), hosted the first ever Gemstone and Jewelry Exhibition in Nigeria, in October 2015.

“The inspiration behind my creations is rooted in my Nigerian origin and the rich cultural variations and nature surrounding me. I have always believed in originality and artistic expression. “
~Amina

MINA STONES was founded in 2011 by Lotanna Amina Egwuatu. The name “MINA” came from her Hausa name “Amina” meaning Trustworthy and Honest.

Lotanna Amina Egwuatu is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

She was born on the 7th of March in the city of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Covenant University. She went to further her studies in Lancaster University, UK where she obtained an MSc in Business and Innovation. During and after her masters she proceeded to pursue her passion for gemstones with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where she is currently studying to be a Graduate Gemologist.

She loves to empower people, travel and explore new places. She is currently actively involved in projects that aim to develop the gemstone and jewelry industry as well as improve the livelihood of people in mining areas in Nigeria.

Amina started Mina Stones, a vertically integrated Gemstone and Jewelry company (Social Business), in 2011, with focus to deliver a high level of creativity in design and customary craftsmanship. Mina Stones is involved in every aspect of the value chain from the mines to market.

She has always been passionate about gemstones from childhood when she began collecting them. She aspires to add value to the beautiful and unique gemstones found in Nigeria and other African countries. She plans to use her knowledge and skills to help in creating a sustainable and formidable gemstone industry in her home country.

The Mina Stones brand combines African heritage with contemporary design that showcases intrinsic cultural details. What sets my designs apart can be illustrated through detailed craftsmanship, originality, authenticity, historical African patterns and shapes, made in sterling silver, 18, 21 or 22 karat gold.”

Our Company Values

Vertical
Integration

MINA STONES is a vertically integrated company that is involved in practically every step of a gemstone’s journey from the mines to the final market or consumer in form of jewelry and accessories. The company sustains a close relationship with the miners who are mainly in the northern and western parts of Nigeria.

Our Company Values

Authenticity

All designs are original and are created using Sterling Silver and 18k, 21k, 22k or 24k gold, bearing the karat stamp. The MINA STONES Mark is also inscribed onto
the pieces.

Our Company Values

Environmentally
Conscious

MINA STONES is a vertically integrated company that is involved in practically every step of a gemstone’s journey from the mines to the final market or consumer in form of jewelry and accessories. The company sustains a close relationship with the miners who are mainly in the northern and western parts of Nigeria.

Our Company Values

Disclosure

The gemstones and pearls used in MINA STONES Jewelry are natural. All treatments and alterations to the natural gemstones are stated.