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The Mogak Burma Ruby Mines

December 15, 2011

The valley of Mogak just northeast of Mandalay in Burma, known as Myanmar today, lies the area where the world’s most beautiful gems have been found for a thousand years. To travel to Myanmar today, a traveler must pay a significant amount of money to get there and expect a long difficult journey. After a [...]

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History of the La Peregrina Pearl

December 15, 2011

The La Peregrina Pearl is one of the world’s most famous pearls. It has a 500 year history. It starts with the pearl being found by an African slave at Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama. It has since been owned by European kings and queens and is now owned by Elizabeth Taylor. This [...]

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History of Columbian Emerald Mines

December 15, 2011

Emerald mines can be found all over the world including the United States of America, Madagascar, Africa, India and Australia. The most beautiful emeralds are known to have come from Brazil and Columbia. I will be writing about the Columbian emerald mines. Their emeralds are known for their “transparency, crystallization and fire”. They range in [...]

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The History of Kashmir Sapphire Mines

December 15, 2011

Kashmir sapphires are considered the most beautiful and expensive sapphires in the sapphire family. They are known for their highly saturated violet-blue color with velvety transparency “which is caused by the presence of silk”. The sapphires come from a remote region in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas in India. These mines are known not [...]

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The Chatham Story

December 15, 2011

During the late 1920’s, Carroll Chatham set up a lab in his garage at the age of 12 attemping to “duplicate nature’s process to create a diamond”. One of his experiments created a ruckus with his neighborhood and police. To create calm in the future, he decided to experiment making emeralds, hoping not to create [...]

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General Electric Diamond Project

December 15, 2011

In 1941, General Electric formed an agreement with Norton and Carborundom to continue future development of diamond fusion. Heating carbon to 3000 degrees Celsius “under a pressure of 3.5 gigapascals was created for a few seconds”. World War II cut the project short. The project resumed at the General Electric Schenactady Laboratories and “a high-pressure [...]

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The Hebe Watch Company

December 14, 2011

In 1900, Constant Periat opened his first workshop in the Swiss Jura Region at Alle. “He specialized in the assembling of movements and complications”. Periat has always believed in working with the local labor force as he was convinced that “human capital is the strong added value of the company”. In 1948, the son of [...]

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The New Haven Clock Company

December 14, 2011

The New Haven Clock Company was founded on February 7, 1853 by Hiram Camp. The company supplied clock movements to the Jerome Manufacturing Company. Jerome went bankrupt three years later but the company purchased Jerome Manufacturing with $20,000 dollars. By 1860, the company employed 315 people and produced 170,000 clocks that year. In 1866, Jerome [...]

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Breitling Company History

December 14, 2011

Leon Breitling founded the Breitling Company in 1884 in St. Imer, Switzerland and in 1892, relocated to La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1914, Leon Breitling’s son, Gaston, takes over the company business at his father’s death. In 1915, Gaston Breitling creates the first chronograph wrist watch and gives it to pilots with “their first wrist instruments”. In [...]

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The Tag Heuer Company

December 9, 2011

The Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer. His workshop in the Swiss Jura Switzerland region opened that year. The Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer Company found a niche for itself by producing high quality precision watches perfect for timing sporting events. They produced stopwatches and water resistant watches. Heuer is known for timing sporting [...]

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