I would not worry about buyer. Those Indian's will travel to North pole if they know there are gemstones there. The major problem is that the Government of Zambia is not stable. And as partners, they are not to be trusted. The press release by company CEO clearly explains about the back stabbing partners. I am afraid this is just a start and more and more requests will follow. It is obvious that next they will ask GEMS to train Zambians to cut emeralds and force all cutting takes place in Zambia. Next they will raise the royalties and pretty soon GEMS will be working for them no matter how many shares they hold. So I would not worry about buyers as GEMS can charter a private jet and still make millions but it is obvious that this government will not let them enjoy the profits they have been enjoying.
Good thing they have rubies which should be launched soon. Unfortunately, the claim is located in another third world country which has a border with Zambia and their partner is not the government. My guess is the plague will spread and Mozambique will do the same once Gemfields is established there and auctions start bringing in cash. Diversification is the only way out of this mess in my opinion. And I mean not only different countries but different gemstones.
I have seen this happen enough times so I cannot be as optimistic as some of you here. I have a feeling this is not going away. An outburst by the top official of the country means there is more to come. Fist they will ban outside auctions, next they will ask Gemfields to fund cutting factories and force all rough to be cut by Zambians, tax increase will follow. Unfortunately pretty soon Gemfields will just be working for them and their Indian partners will be buying from the competition. This is the problem with these third world countries and there is not much one can do but to obey. In my humble opinion, recently purchased Faberege will soon start to have a huge impact on company cash flow as gold and diamonds cost substantial amount of money and they really have to fill those new stores with inventory. Heavily taxed gemstones of their own will be an additional burden along with the marketing campaigns. I really wish them good luck.