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Selection Stones and Pearls

1 8 0 / B a s e l w o r l d s e l e c t i o n s t o n e s a n d p e a r l s The Muzo mine based in the west of the department of Boyacá in Colombia is recognised by experts across the world. It is the oldest mine in Colombia – mining has taken place here since the 16th century – and forms an integral part of the history of the country. Since the independence of Colombia in 1819, the mine has been owned by various private and public companies. Today it is used by Muzo International, a branch of the Texma Group, which has the exclusive rights to mining at Muzo. Since being established in 2009, the company has been combining mining activity with stone cutting and polishing. This vertical integration enables the company to offer some exceptional quality emeralds at competitive prices and to monitor all stages of the process to ensure the traceability of each stone. “Nowadays, the traceability of emeralds is of critical importance given the globalisation of the jewellery market,” explains Ronald Rings- rud, the new Director of Operations and Sales. He is well-versed in the subject as an emerald expert and author of the book “Emeralds, a Passionate Guide”. “Every emerald extracted from Muzo is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity supplied by an independent Swiss lab. This certificate specifies the weight in carats, the geographical origin of the Muzo mine and if the stone has been treated with cedar oil or not,” he says. The Muzo mine is renowned for its emeralds which are the purest in the world and reach some exceptional diameters. In February 2012, for example, a rough emer- ald weighing 207.31 carats was discovered and was cut into two magnificent pear-cut stones of 42.66 carats and 41.46 carats with a unique transparency. The company’s stone- cutting workshops are based in Bogota, capital of Colombia and nerve centre of emerald mining and selling. Muzo Inter- national benefits from a range of agents, most notably based in Geneva for the European market. Thisenablesthecompany to meet international demand and to take part in key global trade shows such as Baselworld. e M e r a l d s p a r e X c e l l e n c e Muzo Worldwide SARL · 3.0 / D31 THe muZo INTerNaTIoNaL emeraLDS are cut in the coMpany’s own workshop in BogotÁ, like this Magnificent eMerald of 12.85 cts. 1

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