Origins of gemstones – South America pt. 1

Gemstones have been of great importance to us since the prehistoric times. We
wear them and use them for cosmetic reasons, and healing and spiritual purposes.
All of South America is rich on gemstones, and there you’ll find some of the finest
gems. Brazil has the most extensive variety of gemstones in all of South America.
The gemstone production in South America goes back a long time in history and
are still one of the highest producing continents of gemstones in the world.

Amethyst

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During the 19th century, amethyst became an important source for South America,
especially Brazil. Before the findings of the gemstone in Brazil, the supply of amethysts
was very limited. Naturally, South America became the largest producer throughout the
whole world. This is the birthstone of February and amethyst is part of the Quartz
family. Amethyst is a soothing stone that helps to balance emotions.

Aquamarine

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Brazil is the largest producer of aquamarine, and nearly 90% is mined there. The name
of the gemstone comes from Latin and means water and sea. The color of this gem is of
beautiful pale blue which reminds of the sea and the sky. This is the birthstone of March
and the aquamarine is part of the Beryl family. Aquamarine is great when you feel
overwhelmed with responsibility or you have clouded thoughts, as it helps the reasoning
process and to see clearly within.

Emerald

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Columbia is well-known for producing the finest emeralds in the world. The emeralds in
Columbia hold great quality and the color is of a vibrant green. This is the birthstone of
May and the emerald is part of the Beryl family. Wear this stone close to your heart if you
wish to attract romantic love.

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