All you should know
Meet Dinael. Our miner in chief. Dinael is one of the 89 registered emerald 'barequeros' in Colombia. He lives on a small village of roughly 500 inhabitants in between millenary mountains, sacred lakes, and ancient indigenous territories. He respects the mountain, so the mountain provides... Barequeros are artisanal miners who are legally authorized by the Colombian govern...
A Cultural Heritage
Not only are there emerald barequeros, but also gold barequeros. Actually, gold barequeros or panners are the original ones. They are not miners, because they do not destroy the mountain, use any chemicals or even machinery. Rather they collect and separate gold with the knowledge and heritage gifted to us by our indigenous 'big brothers'
The emerald process goes beyond the heroic act of finding one in the mines (or perhaps, the emerald finding you). The chain of extraordinary skills, detail, and time to make a piece continues.