Colombia Emeralds

Colombia, the Emerald’s birth and romanticism.

makla-esmeralda-2The biggest and finest emeralds in existence: “Fura” and “Tena”, were named in honor of two Pre-Columbian  “Muiscas Princesses” The  Legend relates the tragic love story over the Andes mountains many years before the arrival of the Spanish colonists to South American Colombia.

Tena accomplished a suicidal prophesy for Fura because of  their impossible Love.

She cried her love over those mountains that converted her tears in emeralds.

It is the believe that this Emerald tears are the gift of the biggest crystalized love and dedication: The Lover’s gift.

We have beautiful samples of them now in inventory.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

La Candelaria: Emerald Country

Eye on the stone:Studying an emerald in Bogotá's open-air emerald market. 
In addition to being Bogotá's historical and cultural center, La Candelaria is also an emerald market - and perhaps even the world's premier emerald market. After all, Colombia produces more than half of the world's emeralds, lots of them mined around Bogotá. 
So, what Christmas gift could be more Colombian, or even La Candelarian, than an emerald?
Streets 12b and 12c between Carreras 5 and 7 have lots of jewelry stores, as does the Jimenez Ave. around Seventh Ave. But perhaps the most interesting emerald market is the open air one which forms every day on the southern sidewalk of Jimenez Ave., just west of Seventh Ave. On weekdays, you'll see dozens of men standing about here, and if you look closely you'll notice they're carrying sheets of paper, in which they hold their emeralds. Now and again, one will hold a stone up to the sky to check it for defects.
The rule here is 'buyer beware': a stone's value varies depending on its size, cut, its transparency and the depth of its green color. Unethical traders can doctor emeralds to hide their defects. And, of course, the unwary may go home with a sparkly piece of glass. Many of the dealers will offer you a certificate - but outside of Colombia that certificate may be nothing more than a piece of paper. 
Remarkably, even with thousands of dollars in stones changing hands here every day, I've never heard of one getting lost or stolen.  

Men at work in La Candelaria's open-air emerald market by the intersection of Seventh and Jimenez Avenues. 

An emerald shark. 

A little emerald-carrying burro in the window of the Emerald Trade Center on Jimenez Ave.