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Feature - Emeralds in Colombia: The Green Business
Patrick Zachmann
Colombian emeralds are known for being the most beautiful in the world and as such, it’s commonplace to see them embellishing fine pieces of jewelry in Europe and North America, alongside diamonds and other precious stones. Their exploitation however, is less shiny as the stones’ brilliance outshines violence, war, poverty, luck and misfortune.

Photographer Patrick Zachmann wanted to explore the story behind the emerald trade in Colombia, the world’s first producer, from the mines’ exploitation all the way to secured labs in Bogota where stones are cut and polished, passed through “traders” that...

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COLOMBIA. January 2017. Region of Boyaca. Muzo. Emerald traders...
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COLOMBIA. Bogota. 19 January 2017. Julio Martin, emerald shopowner,...
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COLOMBIA. Bogota. 17 January 2017. Randolf Jaramillo, in the...
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COLOMBIA. Bogota. 17 January 2017. Emerald business. Fredy Vanegas,...
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COLOMBIA. Bogota. 19 January 2017. The Gutierrez 's brothers,...
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COLOMBIA. Bogota. 19 January 2017. Alonso Gutierrez, an important...
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