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Gem Stone Mining, Brazil

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Uploaded on Aug 9, 2011

From the http://www.VideoSource.com Global Village Travel Guide and DVD, "Brazil". Stock footage available from http://videosource.com/search.html
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THE STATE OF MINAS GERAIS IS SO LITTERED WITH CRYSTAL,
SPARKLING ORES AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES THAT THE LAND
IS ALMOST ALWAYS SMOLDERING AS A RESULT OF SUN STARTED FIRES. 01.30.41
HERE THE EARTH'S CRUST HAS BLOSSOMED,
YIELDING BEAUTIFUL CLUSTER'S OF EVERY
IMAGINABLE TYPE OF NATURAL CRYSTAL.........
ALTHOUGH SOME OF THESE UNUSUAL CRYSTALS ARE MERE
ATTRACTIVE CURIOSITIES, SOME OF THEM, SUCH AS
VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE BERYL FAMILY ARE AMONG
THE MOST VALUABLE SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO MAN.
WHEN THE EARLY BANDIERANTES BEGAN
SEARCHING THESE HILLS FOR DIAMONDS
AND EMERALDS, THEY HAD NO IDEA THAT
BRAZIL WOULD ONE DAY BECOME THE WORLD'S
LEADING PRODUCER OF GEMS AND COLORED GEMSTONES.
PERHAPS NO ONE KNOWS MORE ABOUT THE FASCINATING WORLD OF
BRAZILIAN GEMSTONES THAN THE MAN WHO FIRST INTRODUCED
BRAZIL TO THE ART OF GEM CUTTING, JULES SAUER;
Brazil is the paradise of gemstones"
"and the aquamarine......primary deposits" ".......In 1963 the first emeralds were found "........tourmaline
....... amethyst
brazilianite
OPAL
"Imperial topaz
"THE CAPOA MINE, OPERATED BY AMSTERDAM SAUER IN
RODRIGO SILVA NEAR OURO PRETO IS ONE OF THE FEW
PRODUCING IMPERIAL TOPAZ MINES IN THE WORLD TODAY.
HERE THE TOPAZ YIELDING MATERIAL IS HYDRAULICALLY
DISMOUNTED USING WATER FROM A NEARBY HOLDING POND.
THE MATERIAL IS THEN MECHANICALLY TRANSPORTED TO
THE BEGINNING OF A SERIES OF FLUMES AND SCREENS
WHERE IT IS CAREFULLY CLASSIFIED AND SEPARATED.
HERE THE MATERIAL IS FURTHER CLASSIFIED BY A VIBRATING SEPARATOR.
IN THE FINAL STAGE OF THE PROCESS,
23.08~ BELTROUGH THE PROMISING STONES ARE HAND PICKED FROM AMONG
THE QUARTZ CRYSTAL AND OTHER MATERIAL THAT HAS BEEN
CONCENTRATED FROM THE ORIGINAL SLURRY. EVEN IN THIS HIGHLY
EFFICENT MINE, IT TAKES TONS OF RAW MATERIAL TO PRODUCE
EACH CARAT OF PRECIOUS IMPERIAL TOPAZ
THE FINEST STONES FROM THE MINES IN MINAS GERAIS
AND ELSEWHERE IN BRAZIL EVENTUALLY FIND THEIR
A. SAUER SHOP
WAY TO THE JEWELER'S SHOP WHERE THEY ARE ARTFULLY
TRANSFORMED INTO THE CENTERPIECES FOR SOME OF
THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY.
BECAUSE OF THE LOW COST OF LABOR, AND THE AVAILABILITY
OF QUALITY GEMSTONES IN BRAZIL, THE BARGAINS TO
BE FOUND IN THE FINE JEWELRY SHOPS OF BRAZIL
BRING BARGAIN SEEKERS HERE FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
AND THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE TO BUY THEM THAN IN THE
FINE SHOPS OF RIO .......
THE LURE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL STONES IS SO GREAT THAT
ALMOST NO ONE LEAVES BRAZIL WITHOUT AT LEAST ONE
OF THESE BEAUTIFUL COLORED GEMSTONES.
THE VALUES TO BE FOUND IN BRAZILIAN GEMSTONES
ARE LEGEND, BUT YOU MUST BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU BUY.......
EVERYONE HAS A BARGAIN WAITING FOR THE UNWARY TOURIST.....
......SOME OF THE CHEAPER ONES OFFERED BY THESE BOYS ON
THE STREETS MAY EVEN BE COLORED GLASS IMITATIONS...
AUDIO "GUARANTEE"
ANYONE SERIOUS ABOUT PURCHASING FINE JEWELERY
WOULD DO WELL TO LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT THE FOUR "C"'S.
BEFORE THEY BUY, AND TO BUY FROM ONE OF THE
ESTABLISHED REPUTABLE FIRMS THAT HAVE OUTLETS
A SAUER OUTLET SIGN
IN ALL THE MAJOR CITIES.

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