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Diamond Fun Facts

Learn more about one of the Earth’s most fascinating creations, including some that became the most famous.

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Bicolored Quartz
The Anahí Ametrine Mine, Bolivia

The Anahí mine, Bolivia, has produced large amounts of amethyst, citrine, and amethyst-citrine for the gem market.

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Aquamarine from San Luis Potosí State in northern Mexico
Aquamarine from a New Primary Deposit in Mexico

Examination of aquamarine samples from a new primary deposit in San Luis Potosí, northern Mexico.

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Map of main aquamarine deposits of northern Pakistan.
Aquamarine from Pakistan

A gemological investigation of the aquamarine that has emerged from northern Pakistan in recent years.

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GIA field expedition team in Ethiopia
Land of Origins: A Gemological Expedition to Ethiopia

Documents a visit to the sapphire, opal, and emerald mining and trading areas of Ethiopia.

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Emeralds: Colombia’s Buried Treasure

Colombia is home to a rainbow of gems, but emeralds – and the tales of lore that surround them – are the country’s most well-known treasures.

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Multi-colored gems are superimposed on an image of glacier peaks.
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Gems and Minerals from the Subarctic

Circumnavigate the boreal reaches of the globe to explore gems from polar regions.

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Rubies and Sapphires from Winza, Central Tanzania

Since late 2007, rubies and sapphires have been mined by hand methods from both eluvial and primary deposits at Winza in central Tanzania.

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An early black and white photo that shows deep trenches dug into the ground in the search for diamonds. Ladders and ropes help the miners excavate and traverse the mine.
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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa: Part 1 (1868-1893)

The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in early 1867 marked the start of an historic period of diamond exploration.

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A Sunstone Odyssey, Part 1: The Ponderosa

The first of a three-part series exploring Oregon’s state gem reports on a July 2013 visit to the Ponderosa mine, a prolific sunstone source surrounded by majestic ponderosas.

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