Marc Bielenberg • Mr Montana Sapphire

1 March 2011

In Memory of Marc Bielenberg – "Mr. Montana Sapphire"

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Tibet's Andesine Mines • Hunting Barack Osama in Tibet

1 January 2011

The subject of andesine in Tibet has been one of controversy since 2008. This article examines the history of the issue, along with detailing an October 2010 visit to the Tibetan andesine deposit.

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History of Chanthaburi & Pailin • Moontown

1 June 2010

The Thai city of Chanthaburi (จันทบุรี) may be small, but it has played an important role in both the history of Thailand and the gem trade. Taking its name from the Sanskrit word for moon ('chan'), this petite town is among the most charming in the Land of Smiles.

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Buying Gems at the Source • Dick's Law

10 May 2010

An essay on buying gems at the source in Asia, with a discussion of how con men play on the greed of those who believe gems will be cheaper at the mines.

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Last Thai Ruby Miner • Red Sky at Dusk

21 July 2009

In search of Thailand's last ruby miner.

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Tsavorite Garnet • Untamed Green Garnet Beauty

1 October 2008

An introduction to the green grossular garnet known as tsavorite, it's history, occurrence in East Africa, and geology.

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Tanzanite Mines of Merelani • Working the Blueseam

1 July 2008

An over-and-underground look at the tanzanite mines of Merelani, Tanzania, where the First World meets the Third, and graphite-covered miners pull glittering blue gems from black earth.

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