joana toro

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Emeralds
Location: New York and Bogota
Nationality: Colombian
Biography: Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian... read on
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Emeralds
Credits: joana toro
Updated: 04/21/16
Location: Colombia

Colombia produces 55% of the world emerald market. These prized gems,considered the best in the world,have been the source of intrigue and danger since long before the arrival of the Spanish Conquerors.According to the pre-Colombian tribe of the Muzos, emeralds were born of love,greed and revenge.In modern times,the emeralds of Colombia continue to inspire stories of romance,greed and violence.The “Green War” of the 1980s,in which the dead emerald zar Victor Carranza fought off the forces of Pablo Escobar who desired the emerald business for himself,claimed an estimated 25,000 lives.

Colombia produce esmeraldas únicas en el mundo de formación hidrotermal provenientes del departamento de Boyacá situado en el centro del país, en la cordillera oriental de los Andes.  Abasteciendo  el 55% del mercado  mundial de esmeralda, el precio por quilate de la gema puede oscilar entre unos pocos dólares y unos tantos miles de dólares.


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