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Gem Origins -
South America is very important in the world of gem
origins. Our recent reviews of Colombia and Brazil as gem producing countries
Other South American countries are also important producers
of gems as well.
a land locked country between Brazil and Peru. It's not surprising that Bolivia produces significant quantities of amethyst,
surprising is that it also produces
not familiar with this gem, ametrine is a bi-colored quartz gem stone exhibiting
both amethyst and citrine in the same stone.
A single mine in the whole world produces this gem stone,
the Anahi mine in Bolivia.
on the Pacific Ocean produces several gems, including opal. Peru's variety of
opal comes in blue, pink, rose, green, and blue-green hues.
located on the southern Atlantic Ocean, is a producer of garnet and amethyst.
And, of course all producers of amethyst are assumed to also produce citrine, the
yellow variety of this quartz gem stone.
Argentina's western neighbor Chile, isn't a significant gem producer.
Small amounts of lapis lazuli are exported from Chile.
is perhaps the most significant gem producer in South America behind Brazil and
south of Brazil on the Atlantic coast, Uruguay supplies some fine quality amethyst to the gem world.
completes our review of South America gem origins. As we've seen, South America
is a major supplier of gem material.
gem material mined in South America goes to India, China, and Thailand to be
faceted into gems, or made into beads or other products.
The news publications for the jewelry industry is
dominated by headlines such as these:
Diamond jewelry sales up 10% in fourth quarter
Retailers report strong February sales
Neiman Marcus reports strong sales and profits
Chain stores post 6.7% sales gain
When jewelry sales are up significantly, you
know the economy is hot... although you wouldn't believe it by watching TV news