Meso-American jade

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Main mining area of Meso-American jadeite jade in Guatemala. Especially important as a historical site already in pre-Colombian Meso-American high-cultures (Olmec, Aztec, Mayas)  

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Fire-opal from Mexico

fire opal from Mexico

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Fire-opal deposit near the town of Magdalena in central Mexico. These opals are found in pockets and small cavities in siliceous volcanic lavas often showing an attractive orange colour, sometimes combined with a vivid play-of-colour.  

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Mexican pearls

natural pearls americas

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The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coast of Mexico were important source of natural pearls and nacre production in the past. Apart from recent pearl farming in the area, there are still some natural pearls found occasionally.

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Baffin Island sapphire

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Sapphire from Baffin Island, Canada.  

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Yukon emeralds

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Emerald deposit near Ross river, Yukon.  

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Ekati, Canada

round brilliant cut diamond

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Canada’s first major diamond mine.

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Diavik, Canada

Natural diamond

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Commercial diamond production since 2003 from this important Canadian mine.

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Peridot from Arizona, USA

13_PERIDOTE ARIZONA

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Peridot from Peridot Mesa, located in the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona, USA. The stones are found as mineral grains in basalt (volcanic rock).  

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Emeralds from North Carolina, USA

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Emeralds from different sites near Hiddenite in North Carolina, USA.  

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Montana sapphires

Missouri River sapphires

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USA’s main source of sapphire and fancy coloured sapphire which includes the deposits of Yogo Gulch and Missouri River.  

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