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The best emeralds in the world are found in Colombia

The best and rarest emeralds in the world are found in the Muzo mines, located in the western foothills of the eastern branch of the Colombian Andes in South America.  They lie about 8 km. by trail west of the small village of Muzo in the Department of Boyacá.

The region around the deposits is intensely tropical, characterized by excessive heat and high humidity, with a rank jungle growth that quickly obscures abandoned workings and makes exploration peculiarly difficult and costly.

The early history of the Muzo deposits is buried in the remote past.  These had long been worked when the Spaniards first set foot in the New World and was probably the source of the precious green stone that the Spaniards found so widely distributed through northwest South America and particularly in the realm of the Incas in Peru–a product that shared with gold in the role of inciting greed within the invaders and enticing them to brave the dangers of the unknown interior.

Spaniards acquired their first indication of the source of the emerald in 1537, when Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, the conqueror of the interior of Colombia and the founder (in 1538) of the city of Bogotá, entered the valley of Guachetá and received nine emeralds as a gift from the Indians.  It took 20 years for the Conquistadors to try and force the subjugated Incas to reveal the location of the hidden tunnels of which even the paths had been overgrown by the jungle. Finally the Spanish lead by Luiz Lanchero, almost by accident, found them on their own and began mining and producing for the Spanish crown, who claimed one-fifth, and for a time actively prosecuted in the face of repeated attacks by the Indians. The rarity of emeralds has been evidenced by the struggle to find them, which has been the main factor in its high value over the centuries.

Fine Colombian Emeralds are found at Opal Fields

Opal Fields owner Tom Wheeler, a Certified Gemologist, is passionate and proud to offer the best of emerald gems.  Tom’s Colombian partners, are mine owners with decades of experience in the emerald belt and source only rare, hard crystal Colombian Emerald gems. The emerald gems you’ll find at Opal Fields.

Acquiring fine jewelry from a knowledgeable experienced source like Opal Fields ensures a life time investment in value and quality.

The secret of Colombian Emerald

Colombian Emerald derives its glorious green color from the presence of chromium.  Emerald from Africa and other origins vanadium is the element responsible for the green color.  As a result of the chromium, Colombian Emeralds will actually glow green in ultra violet light.  This is why in some lighting conditions, fine Colombian Emerald will appear to be glowing green color.  The special effects in the movie Romancing the Stone capture this phenomena well.

The mystical powers of emeralds

Known as the stone to love and romance, they bring and enhance joy, cleansing, clairvoyance, memory, and faith. The stone also benefits intuition and communication, and promotes truthfulness and is associated with the heart chakra. The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. It was thought to preserve love and has long been the symbol of hope. It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy.  In several cultures the emerald was the symbol for fertilizing rain. In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope.