Posted by Scotfot (Kabul, Afghanistan) on 30 August 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.
...and after supper.... what the trip was all about!
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WOW!!! May I have one please. :)
30 Aug 2008 8:34am
@Ana Lúcia: These are just the lower quality rubies... you wouldn't really want one of these :-)
Thanks for this series showing us a way of life so different from our own. Nicely done.
30 Aug 2008 9:22am
No problem! one for me too,please!! ;)
30 Aug 2008 10:35am
Lovely to see so many uncut rubies... this is a very interesting series of images. It must take a lot of very patient work to extract these rubies from their rock matrix.
30 Aug 2008 12:20pm
@Jenny: Yes, most people do not see uncut rubies - most people see cut stones in jewellery. The ruby bearing marbles are followed by the miners. Minor blasting breaks away blocks of rock. The blocks are then hammered by hand to break them down into smaller and smaller pieces until the ruby can be extracted. You never know if a block contains a $50,000 ruby (rare) or nothing (common)!
whaouh ! you are taking risks for those stones !
30 Aug 2008 1:48pm
@Namaki: Its OK, I was there for the rocks not the stones :-)
So that's what fresh rubies look like! Not just a photoblog, but we're learning something too! ha! :)
30 Aug 2008 2:34pm
@Tamara: I'm pleased you enjoyed the learning experience :-) - maybe one day we will have a photoblog trip to the Panjsher Valley where the emerald come from :-)
Hi Scot fot ! A very interesting shot ! Nice colours ! Bye !
30 Aug 2008 4:48pm
@Stéphane: Many thanks for your comment!
so you are rich now!
31 Aug 2008 12:18pm
Interesting shot ! nice colors
2 Sep 2008 1:36pm
wow - a gem of sorts! beautiful stones!
5 Sep 2008 10:05pm
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