Colombian Emeralds – From the mines of Coscuez, Colombia: set 4

Colombian Emerald Mines 2004 – Photo Set 4

Miners work 8 hour shifts, 24 hours a day. 8 hours work, 8 hours rest, 7 days a week. Average work time of 2 years before any emeralds are found...if the miner is so lucky. They receive no pay until they begin to extract stones.
Miners work 8 hour shifts, 24 hours a day. 8 hours work, 8 hours rest, 7 days a week. Average work time of 2 years before any emeralds are found…if the miner is so lucky. They receive no pay until they begin to extract stones.
It is impossible to be in the tunnels without ending up completely wet and very cold.
It is impossible to be in the tunnels without ending up completely wet and very cold.
Jorge Adeler with guide Cesar Cabrera.
Jorge Adeler with guide Cesar Cabrera.
Another view of the Chivor mines. Jorge Adeler sits atop a rock with a quartz vein containing emeralds. Notice too the mountain face and how it has been forever altered by repeated tunneling.
Another view of the Chivor mines. Jorge Adeler sits atop a rock with a quartz vein containing emeralds. Notice too the mountain face and how it has been forever altered by repeated tunneling.

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