A personal request from Dr Shihaan Larif

-Founder InternetStones. COM


Dear friends and users of InternetStones.COM,

InternetStones.COM is now 10 years old. It has grown from a small personal database of famous diamonds into the most visited and largest website in the field of Famous Diamonds, Gemstones, Pearls and Rare Minerals.

It has been quoted, referenced and linked by Forbes, Bloomberg, Guardian (UK), Rediff, The Star (Canada),JCK, Times of India etc.

The traffic on our website has increased from a few dozen visitors to several thousand visitors per day.

We have worked very hard over the past 9 years and we want it to be free for everyone to use.

I want to ensure that whatever happens in the future, InternetStones.COM will continue to provide free and updated information to all.

Now InternetStones.COM has matured, it is time to put in place an organizational structure that can keep it running long into the future, can support our aims to improve and extend the site, and can ensure it continues to provide our free data to all who will benefit.

We have tried our best, but we cannot do this without your help and sponsorship.

So we are starting the first ever InternetStones.COM fundraiser. I want to raise money to fund the operation of the website for the next 5 years. We need to raise $750,000.

Can you offer a sponsorship of $50,000, $10,000, $5,000, $1,000, $500 or even $250 to help us? Securing the future of InternetStones.COM can cost less than the average diamond/pearl in your collection.

All sponsors will be listed in the sponsors page- unless you want to remain anonymous.

Major sponsors would also receive free advertising on InternetStones.COM

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of InternetStones.COM in the last 9 years.

I thank you all, and I hope you will continue to support us with this campaign, and long into the future.


Dr Shihaan Larif
Founder Internet Stones.COM

Funds raised : $4000

Target: $750,000

Last update: 1st Jan 2015

Where the money goes

$750,000 is a tiny fraction of the amount that sites like wikipedia and wikileaks need to raise to operate- But it is still a large sum. so why do we need this and how will we use it?

1) Hosting expenses: Our state of the art website with over 500 000 pages is served using the latest cloud technology and cloud serving with servers in over 100 countries. Webhosting is increasing in cost every month due to the increasing popularity of our website. We have to pay for higher bandwith.

2) Employment expenses: Internet Stones has grown up, it cant be a part time hobby site anymore. Currently we have two full time staff working on the website. But we need to employ much more. We plan to employ at least an additional ten. We need three full time dedicated IT professionals to maintain and develop the website as we continue to upgrade and extend it and keep in touch with the latest web technology. We also need more journalists and office staff.

3) Office space and transport : we need to rent/lease or buy a permanent office space from where we can operate. We also need a vehicle/rent a car for office use.

4) Development equipment: We need to upgrade and maintain our development equipment. This includes several PC's printers, scanners cameras, AC, laptops, phonelines, fax machine etc.

5) Participation at diamond, jewelry and mineral shows: Participation at major shows is very important to us. It enables us to keep in touch with the latest development in the industry and access to sponsors and advertisers.

6) Legal and registration fees: a massive website like internetstones.com needs numerous legal consultations. eg there has been many incidences where our content had been plagiarised on numerous websites.

7) Travel expenses: To diamond and jewelry industry centers and historical sites.

8) Social Media Marketing : Marketing and advertising expenses.

8) App development: Development of apps for iphone, android etc.

Please Sponsor Now

There are two methods of payment:

1) Via Secure Online Payment via Skrill (UK)

You can donate securely by Credit Card via Skrill Online Payments (UK).

You will be directed to Skrill to make the secure payment. Payment is to shihaanus@yahoo.com. Description is Donation to Internet Stones.COM.

Please click the logo below to be taken to our secure page, from where you will be redirected to skrill.com to make your secure payment.

2) Manually by contacting us using the form below:

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.



Thank you!

Your generous support is VERY much appreciated.

Dr Shihaan Larif
Founder Internet Stones.COM



Dr Shihaan Larif
Founder Internet Stones.COM



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