Tag: emeralds

Hamed Wardak on Afghanistan emeralds

Tragically, Afghanistan has been ravaged by decades of non-stop war. But hidden deep within the country’s mountains, there’s a green oasis where something precious and rare is hidden away. The Panjshir Valley, which lies north of the capital of Kabul, is home to over 172 emerald mines. These valuable gems also called Panjshir emeralds, have […]

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Made mostly of beryl, these gems contain small amounts of chromium or vanadium that give them their famous green color. The highest quality emeralds are pure, translucent green and have no flaws, but most emeralds have inclusions that remind people of deep green moss. This is called the jardin. The green of the emerald symbolizes […]

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