International Color Gemstone Association recently sponsored a tour to Colombia for a group of retailers, wholesalers, and reporters. They visited the country’s emerald mines and met with Colombian officials. The itinerary included downtown Bogota, Colombia’s capital city, with stops at clarity-enhancement laboratories, gem-cutting shops, gem export offices, and a street bourse. The group also visited the main mining areas, Cosquez, La Pita, and Muzo. Shown at the La Pita Mine are [from left] Teresa Novellino, Michael Haag, Emmanuel Piat, Mariana Photiou, Glenn Preus, Joe Menzie, and William Moody. For more, visit www.gemstone.org.