• Short Summary

    This does not mean they are not comfortably off - but they have exercised strict caution in establishing the quality of their emeralds, and in exploring the world market without upsetting it.

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    This does not mean they are not comfortably off - but they have exercised strict caution in establishing the quality of their emeralds, and in exploring the world market without upsetting it.

    They have to date sent only one commercial abroad. Most of their gems are being cut and marketed in the United States through their distribution company, Sandawana Emeralds Societe Anonoyme, incorporated in Switzerland. They are also being cut elsewhere to meet the particular specifications of various other markets, and approaches have already been made in Southern Africa for the purchase of their best quality gems.

    Sandawana emeralds have already been distinctively typed, as have those from all other producing parts of the world, by Dr. E. Gubelin, according to their microscopic acicular intrusions (needle shaped minerals enclosed within the emerald).

    The stones are also characterised by a deep green colour - the most intense known. Even to a laymen, this rich depth of colour is obvious when compared with samples from Columbia - the present leading producer of the gems.

    As the partners point out, they will not be able to form any marketing schedule for their stones until a comprehensive inventory of all grades and sizes are on hand.

    For some time previous to this they had already operated with success, as a registered mining company, mining beryl, lithium ores and tantalite in the Buhera district and in the vicinity of the emerald claims.

    Neither did they stumble on the emeralds by chance; working on practical geological knowledge and sound theory, they came to the area to find beryl and found it - together with lithium and tantalite and the first indication of low grade emerald - within a week of pitching camp at Sandawana Valley in October 1956.

    Sandawana is an animal, a little bigger than a mouse, belonging to African mythology - the minutest part of it is supposed to bring the owner the greatest good fortune, and hairs reputed to come from the animal are sold by African medicine men at high prices.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6CW5W1KAQ52JN4LW82X2TXTPS
    Media URN:
    VLVA6CW5W1KAQ52JN4LW82X2TXTPS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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