Emerald Journey

At large, sophisticated mining operations, emerald's long journey from mine to market might begin with geological surveys and core samples of the ore.
Few people outside the gem industry realise the true nature of a gemstone’s journey from the mine to the shop counter. Whether the gem is being offered to consumers at a traditional jeweller's counter, on an internet shopping site, or in a television broadcast the journey always involves a great deal of effort.  Tons of earth and countless hours of labour are needed to bring a gem from mine to market. - Courtesy The Belmont Mine