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Article: Colombian emeralds and the world that have unleashed wars


Colombian emeralds and the world that have unleashed wars

Throughout history, emeralds have been not only objects of desire, but also sources of conflict. In many countries and civilizations emeralds were the central reason for the wars, some that persist to this day.

This analysis will immerse itself in the intricate accounts of some emerald articles that unleashed wars, revealing the powerful influence of these gems on geopolitics and power struggles.

The Treasure of Atahualpa and the Spanish Conquest

At the time of the Spanish conquest in America, the Inca emperor Atahualpa possessed an impressive treasure that included numerous emeralds. Greed for these precious stones became one of the factors that led to the conquest and then clashes between the conquerors and the local populations seeking to protect their treasures.

The Wars for the Mines of Muzo in Colombia

Colombia, known as one of the main producers of emeralds, has been the scene of conflicts related to the exploitation of mines. In this chapter, we will explore the disputes and wars that have arisen over time between different groups interested in controlling the rich mines of Muzo emeralds.

The Remove of the Afghan Emeralds

Afghanistan is another region rich in emeralds, and over the years, various factions have fought for control of these valuable stones. We will examine how emeralds have been used to finance conflicts and how the illegal gem trade has contributed to instability in the region.

Emeralds in the Civil War in Zambia

In Zambia, emeralds have been a source of conflict during the civil war. This chapter will investigate how the fight for emerald mine control has played a role in the conflict and how these precious stones became a strategic resource.

The Emeralds' role in the Blood Diamonds Conflict

Although emeralds are different from the "diamonds" or diamonds, they have shared a similar destination in some conflict-affected areas. We will explore how emeralds have been dragged into resource-related conflicts, as well as diamonds in what is known as the Blood Diamonds trade.

The Modern War of the Emeralds in Myanmar

In modern times, Myanmar has experienced conflicts and struggles for emerald mine control. We will look at recent events and how emeralds have been a factor in tensions and conflicts in the region.

Paula A. Bonilla 

Social communicator and journalist from Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. She is also a jeweler and is passionate about constantly learning about precious gems and national high jewelry.

Currently, she is working for one of Bogotá's most important jewelry stores, Emerald by Love. This jewelry store has over 40 years of experience and has 2 physical branches in the capital city of Colombia, located in the city center.

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