India: origins of the mermaid’s treasure
Asecluded and rural area in India where the idiom is ancient and unknown that only a few Indians are capable of understanding, while trading with the natives. A land rich of rare and important beryls and other gemstones, where even the local farmers are able to find them during their daily routine without digging more than a few metres.
Even if far from the sea, this area is where the 251 carat Aquamarine, a treasure part of the Gemforest collection, was found by chance by a farmer and not a professional miner.
Aquamarine is also known as “the mermaid’s treasure” and it’s linked to the sea and known since ancient times, the favourite and protective gemstone of sailors, pirates and travellers.
Bought rough, this blue Beryl was taken to Bangkok to one of the most skilled lapidaries to give the gem the best possible cut.
The perfection of the antique cushion cut permits the maximum light reflection and enhances the colour: a rare, radiant, pure and intense “sea water” greenish blue.
Totally clean, this natural aquamarine has not undergone any treatment.
A miner is looking at the rice field, waiting for the rain to stop.
Showers in this area of India are common and workers takes this time for a break.
Here, gemstones were formed in the same fertile lands that gives birth to the rice ears, unveil the incredible power of Mother Nature to feed our bodies and our souls.
Indian people are proud of their lands and rituals. During their journey, gemstones meet the people able to find them, recognize an exceptional piece, and unveil their full potential. Their precious know-how is transmitted generation by generation, from fathers to sons.