Find of Olmec blue jadeite, Río El Tambor

A piercer from Guatemalan blue jade, 12th - 16th century AD

Wonder Find of Olmec blue jadeite, Río El Tambor   In short Mines of the legendary Olmec blue jadeite were elusive. Only in 1998 – 2000 in Guatemala were found some locations of this unique stone. The richest finds are in the upper reaches of Río El Tambor. Rating 42.8% GPS coordinates 14.7727 N 89.8777 W […]

Finds of cobalt blue spinel in Lục Yên, Vietnam

Spinel mines in Lục Yên

Wonder Finds of cobalt blue spinel in Lục Yên, Vietnam   In short Some 20 years ago near Lục Yên were found pieces of unusual, seemingly glowing blue spinel. Today similar stones have been found in some more countries around the world but cobalt blue spinel still is very rare and increasingly expensive gemstone. Rating 41.8% […]

The old Persian turquoise mines near Nishapur

Freshly mined turquoise in Nishapur mines

Wonder The old Persian turquoise mines near Nishapur   In short The world’s most beautiful turquoise is mined near Nishapur, Iran. Here is the find of the legendary Persian turquoise which is mined up to this day by hard-working people in the somewhat shabby village of Ma’dan. Rating 45.8% GPS coordinates 36.4847 N 58.4093 E (old […]

Kashmir sapphire mines: source of the best blue sapphire

Kashmir Sapphire Mines near Padder in the late 19th century

Wonder Kashmir sapphire mines   In short The best blue sapphire in the world was found in remote mountains of Kashmir. Were… because now the legendary Kashmir sapphire mines are exhausted and the existing sapphires are very rare and extremely expensive. Rating 42.8% GPS coordinates 33.427840 N 76.383994 E Location, address Asia, India, Jammu and Kashmir, […]

Maxixe Mine – unique blue beryl find

Blue aquamarine (not intense enough for maxixe) from Brazil

Wonder Maxixe Mine – unique blue beryl find   In short Most likely there cannot be found a single blue beryl from the once famous Maxixe Mine. If there is one, it most likely has lost it’s rich, deep blue color and is just a yellowish or colorless stone forgotten in some old shelf. Rating 24.3% […]

Sar-i Sang lapis lazuli mines

Rare crystal of lapis lazuli from Sar-i Sang mines, Afhganistan

Wonder Sar-i Sang lapis lazuli mines   In short World’s most beautiful lapis lazuli is found in one location – in the wild mountains of Northern Afghanistan, in Sar-i Sang. The gorgeous blue stone is mined here for many thousands of years. Rating 45.3% GPS coordinates 36.2098 N 70.7942 E Location, address Asia, Afghanistan, Badakhshan Province, […]

Benitoite Gem Mine (California State Gem Mine)

Benitoite crystals from San Benito, United States

Wonder Benitoite Gem Mine (California State Gem Mine)   In short Benitoite if one of the brightest, rarest and most expensive gemstones in the world. Stones of gem quality are found only in one location of the world: Benitoite Gem Mine in California. Rating 36.8% GPS coordinates 36.3360 N 120.6059 W Location, address North America, United […]

Merelani Hills – the only find of tanzanite

Tanzanite

Wonder Merelani Hills – the only find of tanzanite   In short There is only one place on Earth where is found a gorgeous gemstone – tanzanite, which is found in Merelani Hills, Tanzania. Thousands of workers continue to mine it hundreds of meters deep but it is expected that the only find of this stone […]

Blue garnets of Bekily

Color change of the unique Bekily blue garnet

Wonder Blue garnets of Bekily   In short In Madagascar is the only known place on the planet where are found some of the most amazing gemstones – blue garnets, that change the color. In daylight, these stones could be pure blue, but in artificial light they have bright purple color. Rating 28.3% GPS coordinates 24.2577 […]

Palo Quemado blue amber mine

The blue amber from the Dominican Republic

Wonder Palo Quemado blue amber mine   In short There exists blue amber! But it is very rare – a lot more rare than diamonds and most other gemstones in the world. The best place in the world to find blue amber is Palo Quemado amber mine in Dominican Republic. Rating 33.3% GPS coordinates 19.5303 N […]