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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
- Central Asia
Gem origins, or the birthplace of
colored stones, always seem to be in some far off, dangerous, and
difficult-to-even-reach spot on the planet.
Is it because the easy to reach and
work gem origins have been mined out centuries ago?
Or maybe the geological processes that
cause gem crystals to form leave the landscape so twisted people avoid the
Could it be largely mythical, stories
encouraged by some miners and dealers to discourage others from getting in
on the action at the source?
In the case of gemstones from Central
Asia, the stories seem to be all too true. The far western side of the Himalayan
Mountains produces some of the world's finest gems...
Afghanistan, and Pakistan are the well
known countries in this region, largely due to recent terriorist
activities. But have you ever even heard of Kazakistan, Kyrgistan,
Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan?
Gorgeous blue sapphires from
Afghanistan and the Kashmir region of India - Pakistan
Bold rubies from Afghanistan and
Fine emeralds from Afghanistan,
Pakistan, and Tajikistan
Wonderfully colored spinels from
Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
Beautiful peridot from Pakistan and
These are only a few of the gem stones
with origins in this remote corner of our world.
While emerald and aquamarine are the
beryl family members drawing first attention, all of the known beryl
colors occur here.
Pink topaz occurs in Tajikistan and far
western China, and most likely in other countries of the region.
Very limited communications and
transportation make it difficult to pinpoint the exact location of many
gem deposits in this corner of the world.
Gem resource surveys and mapping
attempts have been started, and then delayed or abandoned due to wars,
bandits, and politics in the past twenty years.
A total lack of banking facilities,
secure shipping, and other services required by the gem and other
industries severely restrict the business outlook for Central Asia.
Other gem varieties including kunzite, tourmaline, turquoise, lapis, demantoid garnet, zircon, and chrysoberyl
are also mined in this land-locked, mountainous region.
The vast distances over towering
mountains, through high river valleys, and across international borders in
harsh weather is enough to discourage most gem dealers from traveling to
the area, but these aren't the only dangers.
Tribal warlord's armies, bandits,
terrorists, and minor government officials demanding bribes dissuade most
others from traveling the region.
From what we hear from people in the
industry, the gem producing areas of northern Afghanistan are as dangerous
as they have ever been... even during the war with the Soviet Union!
the gems are gorgeous, so ways are found, as they have been for centuries.
A few hardy traders venture into the
region to get first pick, but others are content to wait for the gems to reach a less
Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's
lawless North West Frontier Province, is the unofficial gem trading center
for the region.
Gems mined in the region traditionally
come to this market, and so do the traders. Rough gems can be shipped from
here with relative security.
So at least for Central Asia gem origins
really do occur in remote, dangerous places.
The economy continues to show improvement.
- DeBeers, the international heavyweight in diamond
mining and sales, reports another increase in sales for last quarter
- An important economic indicator for the gem and
jewelry industry is luxury goods... which also reported an increase last
- Even Target Stores reports strong gains in jewelry
Build That Website
I continue to get question about building
websites. Sites on all kinds of subjects, some hobby sites, some for-profit
We just don't have time to build and operate
a lot of sites. We only do a very few for gem miners who pay us in high quality
Besides, you can build a better site cheaper
with that new Site Build It! product my husband is using on his http://www.south-of-flagstaff-arizona.com/
site. He loves it.
Check out SBI at http://buildit.sitesell.com/az.html.
If you want a website it's the best way to
Now is the time to build your inventory for the coming
You should be buying...
- finished jewelry pieces
- loose gems
- gold chain
You can buy some finished pieces from us or one of the
other suppliers listed in your dealer information.
You know how to buy a loose gem from us and a compatible
mounting from a listed manufacturer and have your trade shop set the gem to make
a custom piece.
You should also have a few gold chains in stock. Look in
your dealer info for a supplier... or check with me. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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