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Slide to Russia Heading Its capital is fascinating, but in our quest for precious stones, we have to travel to the borders of this immense country which has never ceased to surprise us.

Russia is one of the world's largest producers of rough diamonds.
Commonly, when we talk about emeralds, we mean Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, Afghanistan and even Pakistan. However, since 1831, in the Ural Mountains in Russia, very beautiful emeralds have been extracted from there. En route to visit the famous Malysheva emerald mine northeast of Yekaterinburg, more than 1,800 km from Moscow, with an annual production of 150 kg of emeralds. The statue of the glory of the miners welcomes us at the foot of the largest extraction mine in Europe. This huge underground mine looks like an anthill with a network of vertical and horizontal tunnels leading to the deposit. Once identified, the emeralds are detached from the mother rock (mica schist) by an instrument looking like a mechanical merlin which splits the rock. We were lucky to find roughs that were a few centimeters in size. Depending on the purity of each, they are sorted by tone. Further south of Yekaterinburg, we head for the Korkodin mine, a deposit of demantoid garnets. It is the rarest and most precious of garnets. They scatter more than a diamond (ability to reflect all those little colored flashes). You should know that some stones that tend to yellow are heated to make them greener. Sorting the size is done with calibrated strainers and for the color, thanks to backlit windows. Malysheva mine The discovery of a stone with changing colors Which vary from green to red, is called Alexandrite. It adds to the magic evoked by all these treasures of the earth. The annual production of the Malysheva mine is 15kg of Alexandrites.
Did you know that sapphire is also found in this region? But it will be the purpose of a future trip...
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