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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
Gem origins are of interest to many gem
fanciers. This month we visit Colombia in our tour of
important gem producing countries.
Colombia is another dangerous place to
mine or deal in gem stones... but in the context of gem origins this
country is a major player.
Colombia is where Central America joins
South America. It is the only South American country with both a Caribbean
Sea and Pacific Ocean coast.
Emerald is by far Colombia's most
important gem, no matter which yardstick you use... number of gem
stones, or dollar value.
Colombian emeralds are generally
recognized as superior in color to those found in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Brazil, Zambia, or other African locations.
Individual gems of all origins vary in
color and quality of course, but the typical Colombian emerald is judged
better than typical emeralds of other origins by the gem world.
The country's emerald mines are
clustered in a relatively small area in central Colombia, about 100 miles
north and east of the capitol of Bogotá.
The best known mines (Muzo, Chivor, and
Pena Blanca) are located in the rugged Andes mountain ranges.
Although near a huge city, the emerald
mines are in another world. A hostile world of rugged terrain, high
altitudes, harsh weather, bandits, drug lords, and communist rebels.
Colombia yields several other gems,
including sapphire, ruby, amethyst and other quartz gems, apatite, and
amber. Although I'm not aware of any aquamarine production, I would think
it exists since much of the country's emeralds exhibit a bluish-green
color, and both gems are members of the beryl family.
Industry news sources report that "Jewelers of
America strongly supports a bill being considered in the U.S. Congress
that would require mail-order, telephone, and Internet merchants to
collect sales tax on transactions conducted with out-of-state
Jewelers of America is a trade group representing
retail jewelry stores. They just don't like competition from internet
merchants. Congress has declared the internet off-limits to states
looking for more tax money... but tax-hungry state governments and local
retailers badly want to force internet merchants to charge taxes.
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 email@example.com.
P.S. If you want to build a
profitable website for your jewelry business (or any other local, small
business), I recommend SBI! http://localbiz.sitesell.com/az.html.
There's a lot of exciting new things happening on
the web to make it local businesses friendly.
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