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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
Gem origins are of interest to many gem
fanciers. This month we visit Brazil in our tour of
important gem producing countries.
Brazil may well be the most prolific gem
producing country on earth.
Located along the east coast of South
America, the country dominates the continent. In turn, the country is dominated
by it's extensive river systems, especially the famous Amazon River.
In the 1500's this part of South America was
colonized by Portugal... with some significant influences by Spain and France.
The river systems gave the Portuguese entry
into the continent's interior, and as a direct result the country's borders
closely follow the headwaters of the various river systems.
The shape of the South American continent has
been described as a head in profile, with Brazil being the face, it's nose
pointing towards Europe.
Most gem production occurs east of an
imaginary vertical line located behind the eye but in front of the ear.
Deposits occur in all parts of this region...
in the northern rain forests, and the more arid and rocky southern regions.
Several major players in the gem industry
speculate that many significant gem deposits exist in the lightly explored
western reaches of Brazil as well.
The State of Minas Gerais is Brazil's most
important gem producing region, and the city of
Teofilo Otoni is the most important commercial center for colored gemstones.
I recently read a report that accurately
described the city as being "located between the stony hills and rocky mountains that are so characteristic of the landscape of
the state of Minas Gerais."
Historically gem mining in Brazil has been a
low tech activity, with corresponding low yields from many deposits.
As with gem mining in other parts of the
world, this condition is now changing.
Government regulation of the mining industry
is increasing, based on environmental concerns and tax revenue desires.
These regulations are aimed at the large ore
mining companies (including gold ore), but the tiny gem mines are being
This is hurting gem production because the
small miner just cannot afford the expense involved in qualifying for and
acquiring the newly required permits and licenses.
As a result, larger gem mining companies are
moving in, especially Canadian mining companies.
Brazil produces many significant gems...
including emerald, aquamarine, morganite, and other beryls.
More topaz is produced here than any
other country in the world.
people automatically think of white (colorless) topaz, treated to produce
beautiful blue topaz, Brazil is the only known source for imperial topaz.
Alexanderite and other forms of chrysoberyl
are gaining importance in the country's gem inventory.
Spodumene, amazonite, brazilianite, and amber
are also produced here.
At one time Brazil was the world's primary
source for diamonds. It's today's primary source for tourmaline.
Brazil is a very important producer of quartz
gems (amethyst, citrine, rutilated, smoky, crystal, and rare colors)
We'll cover some of these gems in future
Last month we reported on Jewelers of
America and state governments urging imposition of sales taxes
on internet sales.
Now your internet connection may be taxed soon. The US
Senate let the ban on these taxes expire recently.
If they don't act right away, states will begin imposing
another tax on you through your internet service provider.
They can think of ways to spend your money faster than you
can earn it.
If you would like to contact your elected representatives
about this or any other issues, here are links to the Senate and House of
Representatives email directories.
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.
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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