Adeler in Colombia: The Emerald’s Paradise

Adeler in Colombia: The Emerald’s Paradise

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An Interview with Jorge Adeler

Q:  Why did you choose to go directly to the Mines?

A:  In order to truly understand and explain about a gem, it is important to learn its origins, its legends and to understand the process of transformation the gem takes from rough to finished.  It is similar to the process one takes in understanding a appreciating a person, you don’t get to them until you know where they are from and how they were brought up.  This gives you an insight you would otherwise not have into their character.  It is the same with gemstones.

Q:  What mines did you visit?

A:  From the mines in the region of Coscuez, Colombia I visited three Emerald mines:
La Marina, La Paz and Jerusalem.

Q:  Can anyone access these mines?

A:  No, they are some of the hardest to gain access to in the World.  The geographic location in itself makes it difficult due to the altitude and mountainous terrain.  The history of pilfering and ravaging of these mines from the time of the conquistadores has also made the natives fiercely protective of their native treasure.  And let’s not talk of the violence and political unrest of the region!

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Q:  So its Risky?

A:  The mining process to begin with is very risky.  There are explosives involved and cave-ins happen frequently.  This alone causes the death of approximately 70 people a year.

Q:  How do you go about purchasing Emeralds once you are there?

A:  Normally the stones are purchased in the mining areas in their rough form and transported to Bogotá where expert lapidaries (gem cutters) will maximize the crystals and transform them into gorgeous gems of international renown.  Being involved at this stage helps to secure the authenticity of the gems you purchase since you follow them through the entire process.

Q:  So what do you do to prepare for heading “to the Mines”?

A:  You fly to Bogotá and secure permission from the mine owners (normally a very slow process since many are owned by multiple partners and majority has to agree).  You then must get approval from the administrator who has the obligation to protect the interest of all of the partners.  You then have to secure a knowledgeable driver with reliable 4 wheel drive transportation (since mechanics are nowhere to be found and parts are hundreds of miles away).  Lastly you need to purchase your own boots, lantern and hardhat plus pack extra clothes since you will inevitably get drenched and dirty.  Once you have done all of this you begin your 5 hour journey into the mountains.  HOLD ON!

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Written by Wendy Adeler Hall
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