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CNA Insider: In Search Of Precious Stones #1/4: Inside The Gem Trade: Emeralds Of Colombia


Shahzeem Pasha comes from a family of gemstone traders in Singapore. He loves the thrill of chasing beautiful stones across the globe.

A favourite client wants to celebrate a big wedding anniversary with an Emerald ring and earrings to match. Shahzeem entrusts Bangkok, Thailand-based Jeffrey Bergmen, with the task of securing a Columbian Emerald. Colombian Emeralds, the world’s finest, are mined in several ways. Big companies work underground while independent miners known as guaqueros mine placer-style along riverbanks. In Bangkok, Jeffrey has it cut, polished and certified, then ships the Emerald to Shahzeem. Working with local designers, Shahzeem gets the stone set in a ring.

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