While diamonds are still mined in the country, this mineral rich nation continues to be flush with emeralds, topaz, amethyst, emetrine, citrine, tourmaline and opal among many other natural gemstones.
Not just tropical beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, the carnival and a lifestyle full of fun, Brazil is till this
date one of the world’s largest for gemstones.
For almost 150 years in the 18th and the 19th century, Brazil was the biggest source for diamonds.
While diamonds are still mined in the country, this mineral rich nation continues to be flush with emeralds, topaz, amethyst, emetrine, citrine, tourmaline and opal among many other natural gemstones which are found almost all across the country, though Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Goias, Rio Grande do Sul and Bahia are best known for gemstone production, including diamonds.
For the youth who wish to explore a career in gemology and the country, The Brazilian Institute of Gems
and Precious Metals Ibgm.com.br should be on the list of those to be contacted for the courses they offer and also the practical guidance they would be in a position to offer relating to gemstones and Brazil.
For those wishing to setting up trade in gemstones and jewelry and source from Brazil the best route
would be to establish contact with the specialist wholesalers in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
This mineral rich state is in the southeastern part of Brazil. The name means “General
Mines”. Starting with the capital city of Belo Horizonte one may set out for the mines. At one time the
state supplied more than fifty percent of the gold and diamond output from the country and till date
retains rich enough deposits to be mined. From the cultural and tourism point of view there is much to see apart from the rolling hills and the landscape. Monte Verde, situated high at 1,500 meters above sea level is in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range. This town and several others including Ouro Preto and Lavras Novas maintain their colonial look and feel. While you explore the mines, taking a break to visit the National Park of Caparao and the hiking trails is definitely worth it.
The young visitors to the mines would also do well to explore the region for the Xingu
Indigenous Park and the Araguaia River and the world’s largest wetlands in the southern part of the
region which is a natural habitat for almost one thousand species of animals and aquatic birds.
In the earlier times Europeans made expeditions into this deeper part of Brazil which was
especially known for gold. Today the region is most attractive for those interested in precious stones
known as Golas Apatite. These are extremely attractive blue gemstones and are found in every
imaginable hue of blue including the Golas Neon Apatite which is most in demand.
The savannah, towns going back to the colonial times, the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, the
highlands, rivers, canyons and waterfalls are also what Golas is known for.
Rio Grande do Sul
On the border with Argentina, this is Brazil’s southernmost state. Many of the gem
hunters head to this state for the uncut coloured agate and amethyst, sometimes even finding bargains.
Once done with bargain hunting for stones there’s quite a lot to do in this wealthy state which is known
for its nightlife, historical tours and tours into the natural beauty of the region.
The state is particularly known for uncut emeralds, amethyst and aquamarines.
Many a gem buyer of uncut stones sets aside a few days to explore this booming region for the nightlife, culture, cuisine and festivities. Yes festivities, this is after all the place where the Africans began the Brazilian addiction to Samba.
There are many professions that combine work and adventure and working with gemstones is perhaps
right there among the top.
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