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Gem Buying Trips: Colombia |

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A panoramic view of part of Bogota' from the surrounding hills. The population of Colombia's capital is 8 millions inhabitants.

A beautiful morning in Plaza De Bolivar with La Catedral Primada, literally the "main cathedral" .

Colombia is predominantly Catholic.

Details of La Catedral Primada, builted 1807-1823, stands at Plaza De Bolivar.


The morning sun blazes one of the many churches in La Candelaria, one of the oldest part ("barrio" or neighborhood in Spanish) in Bogota'.

Luscious Palm tree against a blue, morning sky. Bogota' is at a very high altitude, (the second highest city after La Paz in Bolivia) and a constant "late fall" temperature and climate is experienced all year round.

A street, "fire" performer on the Carrera Septima. The Carrera Septima crossing the Avenida Jimenez is the center of the emerald trade in Bogota'.

The crowd moved a bit for me to take a clean shot

A street vendor, making fresh orange juice. In the background, a shop window, displaying opaque emeralds in matrix.

Early morning on the Avenida Jimenez (the "emerald street") and the emerald market is about to start...  Like in any other gem capital, in Bogota', emeralds are traded in a particular area, where offices, and cutter shops are located. And like in any other gem capital, stones are traded on the street also. Of course, simulants and synthetics are always abundant

By 10 am, the street is fully animated and the brokers ("comisionistas") are already in action. 

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