Geology, gemology, geography: The stones we love and where they come from.
The mystery and beauty of the gemstones we love are only heightened by the impossibility that they’re likely to ever be found. It takes gargantuan effort to unearth a gemological treasure; most of the time there is only a glimmer of hope that efforts will pay off- and the rest of it is Luc… so where exactly are you most likely to find your favourite gems? We take a look at the geographical positions of popular, beautiful gems today.
Rubies: Members of the Corundum family, ruby deposits are mined in numerous locations all over the world, from Scotland to Nepal, and Tanzania to Japan. Most significant mines are located in Burma and the USA, along with Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Ruby measures a 9 on the moss scale of hardness, where only sapphires and diamonds equal to its toughness.
Diamonds: Diamonds can be found in almost 40 countries, the earth over. Major producers are South Africa, Botswana and Russia. Australian mines produce the majority of industrial diamonds, closely followed by India and the US. Diamonds can be up to three billion years old, their name a derivative of the Greek word, “adamas”. The Greeks believed they’d unearthed the tears of the gods when they first happened upon this infamous stone.
Sapphires: Sapphires are less commonly found that other precious gems. Three main locations include Burma, Sri Lanka and Kashmir. Best known for the blue colour, you may not now that sapphires come in every colour of the rainbow. They are of the corundum family, making the crimson cousin of sapphires the infamous Ruby.
Emeralds: Famed for their brilliant green hues and from the Beryl family, the most envied emeralds are said to come from Colombia, though they are mines in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, the US and Australia too. Follow this link to see an incredible emerald unearthed in Russia at the beginning of 2018.
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