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Red rubies, green emeralds and blue sapphires are considered as the three most precious gemstones. The best rubies are found in Burma, emeralds in Colombia and sapphires in Sri Lanka.

A selection of pictures from the mines, markets and cutting factories in those countries (2013 - 2019).

A SPECIAL FEATURE

R G B

Red ruby -  Green emerald -  Blue sapphire

Mogok rubies

Boyaca emeralds

Ratanapura sapphires

thierry falise

Photo-journalist, author