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Other Emerald SourcesOther Emerald Sources

Additional Modern Sources Of Emeralds Colombia is generally recognized as the source of the world’s finest emeralds, both in the past and the present.  Brazil has been another important supplier of emeralds as are Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Some of these emerald sources have greater prestige than others, and the origin of an emerald has been […]

ZimbabweZimbabwe

Emerald Mining In Zimbabwe Emeralds have been found at several locations in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia).  One important source of superb quality emeralds, usually small in size, is the Sandawana mine field.  Sandawana emeralds occur at the contact point between greenstones of the Mweza Greenstone Belt (MGB) and intrusions. The History of Zimbabwean Emeralds The presence […]

ZambiaZambia

Emerald Mining In Zambia Zambia is second only to Colombia in the production of emeralds. Since its discovery in 1895, copper mining has been the main source of revenue for the country, and building upon that history in mining techniques and endeavors, an emerald mining culture has taken hold of the country and produced a […]

RussiaRussia

Emerald Mining In Russia Most of the emeralds from Russia have come from the Ural Mountains. Small emerald deposits have also been reported in neighboring Ukraine.  Although the deposits in the Ural Mountains were “discovered” in the early 19th century, there is some evidence that they were the source of the Scythian emeralds mentioned by […]

Early History and TechniquesEarly History and Techniques

Ancient Sources of Emeralds The ancient sources of emeralds are shrouded in a veil of myth and legend.  The ancients believed that many improbable locations were the source of their emeralds.  The Muisca of Colombia even considered them to be an ancestor to their tribe.  According to the Persian polymath al-Biruni (973–1048 C.E.): “Storytellers say […]

BrazilBrazil

Emerald Mining In Brazil Fueled by rumors of emerald deposits equaling those of Colombia, explorers penetrated the jungles of Brazil as early as the middle of the 16th century, and Portuguese explorers were well aware of the presence of emerald deposits by the 17th century.  While many of the early “emeralds” found in the region […]

ColombiaColombia

There are a number of independent emerald mines dotting Colombia, but the three main ones where most of the country’’s production comes from are Muzo, Chivor, and Coscuez. The Chivor district is about 75 kilometers northeast of Bogotá, and the Muzo district which is centered about 100 kilometers north of Bogotá. Coscuez is extremely close to […]

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