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I Was an Overnight Sensation In a World That Reveres Pedigree

How could a gemstone so beautiful suddenly appear from the Brazilian jungle, they asked.

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I Was an Overnight Sensation In a World That Reveres Pedigree

THE YEAR WAS 1989 and I appeared seemingly out of nowhere. No one had seen colors like this before. My gemological family was humble and semi-precious and yet my vivid blues and shades of teal drew comparisons to the best sapphires, tanzanites and indicolites. My discovery was greeted with awe, incomprehension … and skepticism, How could a gemstone so beautiful suddenly appear from the Brazilian jungle? Copper was the answer.

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