Rough emeralds seen before being processed in a cutting and polishing workshop in Bogota, Colombia. Rough emeralds seen before being processed in a cutting and polishing workshop in Bogota, Colombia.
Emerald cutters polish gemstones on a faceting machine in a cutting and polishing workshop in Bogota, Colombia. Emerald cutters polish gemstones on a faceting machine in a cutting and polishing workshop in Bogota, Colombia.
An emerald owner checks out a processed gemstone in a cutting and polishing workshop in Bogota, Colombia. An emerald owner checks out a processed gemstone in a cutting and polishing workshop in Bogota, Colombia.

Emerald cutting workshop

Bogota, Colombia – 2013

Approximately 60 percent of the world's total amount of emeralds come from Colombia. Most of the rough gems are processed in workshops located in the emerald district in downtown Bogota. Due to their special clarity and deep vivid green color, Colombian gemstones are considered the most beautiful emeralds in the world.

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