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Magnificent Green (with Adolf Peretti)

A fascinating journey into the Colombian emerald world told by its own people - miners, patrons, cutters, brokers and jewellers. Illuminated through the double prism of photo-journalism and gemmological expertise. An exclusive exploration of an enthralling history illustrated with stories from royal collections, international auctions and top jewellery houses.

340 pages, published in 2017 by GRS GemResearch Swisslab AG.

12 Chapters (see also a selection of exclusive pictures on page Colombia: vivid green and drawings on page Colombia: drawings)

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FEVER OF THE CONQUISTADORS - The emerald mines' takeover by the Spanish

FROM GREEN TO GREEN - Brokers and dealers

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THE PINNACLE OF EMERALDS -  A gem with a unique colour, purity and crystal

FLYING INTO THE HEART OF THE MINING REGION- A trip by GRS

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FROM GREEN WARS TO GREY PEACE - Violence, past and present

WOMEN'S ROUGH DESTINY - Victims and hope bearers

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A DREAM IN THE DEEP - A green fantasy in a black abyss

AN INDUSTRY TRANSFORMING - Getting an industry into modernity

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TWILIGHT OF THE GUAQUEROS - An endangered tradition

LUXURIANCE AND VIRGIN MARY - A country of abundance and poverty

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METAMORPHOSIS - The art of seeing and cutting through a rough gem

FACETING THE FUTURE - Finding an honourable future for all

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Thierry Falise
Photo-journalist, author
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