ESMERALDAS BELLAS DE COLOMBIA
(The beautiful emeralds of Colombia.)
The most beautiful and prized emeralds
in all the world have been mined
in Colombia, South America, since 1000 A.D.
Colombian emeralds are unique for their
transparency, crystal forms and intense green fire,
and are often more valuable than diamonds.
Their color ranges from pale green to deep green-blue.
These specimens were collected by this blogger
north of Bogotá in the mine dumps in Boyacá
along the Rio Bogotá river.
(I've since learned that treasure hunters, "quaqueros",
have been shot by the Policía Nacional
for searching these private dumps for emeralds.)
Soooo . . . we might be thinking twice about
searching again for more specimens.