The Largest Turquoise Mined

This gigantic Turquoise nugget is one of the largest ever found. Weighing in at a huge 97 pounds, this surreal piece features a light blue glossy band cutting across the piece of otherwise greenish-blue Turquoise. The surface texture is extremely intricate with an abundance of Read More …

Inkalamu: The World’s Newest Large Emerald

In Zambia, a “remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue”, 5,655-carat emerald was discovered in early October. This rarity was unearthed at the Kagen mine, the world’s largest emerald mine. The emerald was discovered in the eastern part of Kagem’s largest open-pit mine Read More …

The Yogo Sapphire Mine of Montana

Jake Hoover, a gold prospector, discovered “little blue pebbles” in nearby Yogo Creek back in 1894. Since that time the Yogo sapphire deposit has been mined by both open pit and underground methods. An English syndicate first mined the deposit, on a large scale, in Read More …

Colombian Emerald History

EARLY HISTORY Emeralds mined in Colombia have been used for trade and personal adornment throughout much of Middle and South America since pre-Columbian times. When the first Spaniards arrived in the New World in the early 16th century, emeralds were being worshiped, were used in Read More …

Emerald Mining in Colombia

There has been more activity in emerald mining in Colombia in the last few years than at any other time in the four centuries since the Spanish first discovered the deposits. The past, however, has yielded many fabulous gems, the most famous of which are Read More …