Emeralds were first mined as long as 3,500 years ago at the legendary Cleopatra mines. These early emeralds were mainly low quality with poor transparency and a much paler green than what we see today. In the early 16th century, the Spanish first introduced Colombian emeralds to the world. Today, emeralds are found in other localities including Brazil, Zambia, Afghanistan and Pakistan but it is still Columbia that is considered as having the highest quality emeralds.
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Emeralds were first mined as long as 3,500 years ago at the legendary Cleopatra mines. These early emeralds were mainly low quality with poor transparency and a much paler green than what we see today. In the early 16th century, the Spanish first introduced Colombian emeralds to the world. Today, emeralds are found in other localities including Brazil, Zambia, Afghanistan and Pakistan but it is still Columbia that is considered as having the highest quality emeralds.

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