I recently experienced the prospect to function in Afghanistan as a translator for the US Division of Defense. I satisfied with the head of the Section f Mining and Minerals of Kunar province, Afghanistan. He arrived inquiring for aid from the US forces to boost the predicament for his incredibly under budgeted business office that was operating to end individuals from looting the national treasure of gem stones. It has 1 the very best quality Lapis, Emerald and Ruby in the earth which are usually extracted illegally using poor solutions such as explosives. There are lots of gem stone providing outlets in almost all US and Nato army bases in Afghanistan.
My curiosity for gems and Afghan rugs introduced me to the Rooster Avenue, in cash city Kabul. This is the premier market for Afghani crafts and gems. The trick to obtain better deal is to not enable the store keepers know that you are a foreigner. Otherwise, you have to be a genuinely good negotiator. I was amazed to see the uncooked uncut Ruby that seemed like any ordinary rock. If I had uncovered it I would have in all probability thrown it absent. The uncut Lapis Lazuly is marketed by kilos.
Afghanistan is principal regarded for its Lapis manufacturing, but now a lot more and far more rocks this kind of as Emerald that is very similar to Columbian Emerald from north jap Punjsher valley, and high-quality quality Ruby from Jegdelag mines. Also, various colors of Tourmaline and kunzite from bright blue to sparkling peach colors have emerged from Hindu Kush mountain of Afghanistan. The severe climate on top rated of these mountains and the basic safety of miners owing to unstable political local weather could possibly be diminishing the generation of these beneficial stones. However the long run of their gemology will at the time yet again rock when the dust settles.