Colombia holds the tradition of
producing the world's finest emeralds. In the 1500, as the Spaniards arrived in
the New World, realized that they had a valuable gem resource to exploit.
The Muzo and Muisca Indians, the Colombian natives of the northern regions
of Bogota', fought fiercely the Spanish Conquistadores to protect their
heritage and the location of the emerald mines as well. Nonetheless, The
Spaniards took control and began to bring the green gems back to Europe.
The rest is history.
Today, Colombia still accounts for more than half of the world's emerald
production, and its emeralds are considered the finest.
Bogota', also Santa Fe' de Bogota',
city in central Colombia, capital of the country, coextensive with Bogota' Capital District. It is located at an elevation of about 2640 m (about 8660 ft) on a mountain-rimmed plateau high in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes Mountains.
Governmental building in downtown Bogota'. The "emerald
street" (Avenida De Jimenez) is nearby.
I still dream of this!. Emerald crystal specimen in calcite from Muzo.
These are called "gangas" among Colombian emerald dealers.
This particular exceptional specimen was approx. 7"
wide, with top colored, perfectly formed crystals. The center crystal
was approx. 2 1/4" long. Note that Muzo material is a gorgeous,
dark bluish green, and it is usually very flawed. This specimen was for
sale in downtown Bogota' back
in 1998 for $70,000 USD.
Small piece of emerald crystal. This shot was taken in a bar on a
Friday, late afternoon. Note the bottles of empty beer on the
background...After a long period of hard work in the
mining areas, time for the miners to celebrate.
Usually independent miners (Guaqueros) come down to the capital, once
every two-three weeks to sell their finds. The superb specimen on the
left was also seen in the same bar. But do not worry... There is not
fear of being robbed, as almost everyone is carrying a...