Hello dear everyone!
This website deals with stories and reports about gems & geology made by a passionate geologist & gemologist traveling around the world visiting gemstones mining areas.
I try to post regularly photos, videos and mining reports about all the gemstones mining areas visited around the world.
If you have any remark, comment, questions, feel free to live a post or send me an email, I will do my best to answer it in the quickest delay!
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Prsence at the Forum Geologia 2011
Come visit, meet, discuss with and catch up with old friends at the Forum Geologia in Nancy (France) the 22nd and 23rd of September. A congress where partners, mining companies, students and freshly graduated engineers like me can meet each other, find a new employee,/employer, talk of opportunity of careers and much more!
The greenest of the Green: Emeralds from Zambia
Thanks to the kind invitation of Robert Gessner - Geologist & Underground Project Manager, Gemfields Co. - I had the great and unique opportunity to visit the exploitation of Emeralds they operate in North of Zambia.
The exploitation itself is really impressive and so far the biggest colored gemstones open-pit I ever happen to see.
The quality of the Emeralds is as far as I know some of the best ever seen with big size crystals of pure green hue: The greenest of Green as they advertise it is a well-deserved trade name.
An article in Gems&Gemology will be published on this matter and I all invite you to read through it.
Many thanks to Robert Gessner and the Gemfields Company for giving me this unique opportunity!
Golden Triangle VS Blue Sapphires
Thanks to Lao Sapphire Cie Ltd, a Sino Resources Cie branch that operates in Houay Xai (Bokeo Province, Laos PDR), I had the great experience to participate to the exploration project in their Blue Sapphire mine.
Lao Sapphire Cie Ltd is a medium-scale mine that respects both the environment and people. Located in the Golden Triangle, the beauty of the Blue Sapphires produced there is equal to the magnificence of the landscape and kindness of its inhabitants.
Check out the photos now online!
If you want to learn more about Lao Sapphire Cie Ltd, please visit their website
Field Expedition to Tibet: Looking for the red andesines on the roof of the world...
Hello dear Everyone! Here the links of the different articles published dealing with the field expedition to the red andesines deposits in Tibet that was conducted in Sept/Oct 2010. I will also post a quick review very soon!
by Brendan Laurs
by Thanong Leelawatanasuk
by Richard W. Hughes
Pictures of the expedition now uploaded!
Article about Capao Imperial Topaz mine in Brazil now in InColor Summer 2010!!
Go check out my first article dealing with mining exploitation process and techniques used in Capao Imperial Topaz mine (Brazil), now in InColor Summer 2010.
So here it is, my last day in Brazil, my last day of this incredible experience I have been living for 10 months now!
Brazil was very interesting with the visiting of Capão Imperial Topaz and Belmont Emeralds (and its neighbors) mines, it was a nice way to conclude the Round The World Trip in gemstones land!
Far from being finished, I will post pictures of these last mines and the reports are coming very soon (with the one from Colombia too!) so come check out my website whenever you feel like it!
Moreover, this expedition around the world proved me one point: I do love traveling and visiting gemstones mining areas so I will not stop here. More expeditions are about to come and this summer will just be a short break!
Will come back to you soon!
So here I am, landed in São Paulo about a week ago, just had time to organize the last field expeditions and I arrived yesterday in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais, the heart of gemstones' land.
And as an introduction to this last expedition, and thanks to the connections of Jean-Claude Michelou (ICA Vice- President) namely Dr Wagner Colombarolli (ICA and owner of Topazio Imperial Ltda) I went to visit early this morning the Capão Imperial Topaz mine near Ouro Preto (Dist. of Minas Gerais); with the engineer Mr Vicente Alves. That mine is not only the 1st producing mine in the world of Imperial Topaz but also a very environmental friendly mine, with a dam to maintain water, a greenhouse to conserve plants in order to replant them after on the mining site and a zero-tolerance policy concerning tossing wastes on the ground. It was thus a very interesting expedition along with having beautiful gemstones...
Crystal of Imperial Topaze from Capão Mine - Ouro Preto - MG
Thanks to Mr De Rosnay, from the Tsaramanga Blue beryls mine in Madagascar, I could update the article about the visit in this mine with some pictures and GPS data.
You can check it out here
I finally posted some of the reports of the mining expedition to Madagascar in Oct/Nov 2009. I invite you to read them.
For this expedition I would like to thank Mike Rogers (RogersGems) who kindly invited me to this field trip; Jacques Nampihao, his local partner and friend who was so nice to me; Tuki, a local gem broker who followed us for the first part of the field trip; and all the miners and gem dealers I met during this expedition. Thank you very much!
I want to thank too all the people who helped me to set up and organize this expedition (but who were not part of it), namely Vincent Pardieu (Field Gemologist from GIA Bangkok), Emmanuel Fritsch and Benjamin Rondeau (University of Nantes, France), Guillaume Soubiraa (gem dealer in Tana, Madagascar) and so many more, please forgive me if I do not cite you here...
Also, if there is anything you disagree with regarding to these reports, please feel free to tell me, I will do my best to correct my mistakes.
You can also still download the Overview here