ICA Documentary Series Releases First DVD

The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), in cooperation with French gemologist and author Patrick Voillot, has released the first of four three-hour documentaries, In Pursuit of Precious Gemstones. According to ICA, the series is a mix of serious science and high adventure, with "no small amount of danger, as the viewer is taken to the magical places where rare colored gemstones are found." The first DVD features Kashmir sapphires, Brazilian imperial topaz, and Madagascar tourmalines. "Never dry or technical," says the ICA, "the series shows the intrepid Voillot climbing down mud holes in Mogok, Burma, in search of rubies and trekking across dangerous glaciers in the mountains of Kashmir. In search of sapphires, he takes the viewer deep into the fascinating and seldom seen world of the international gem dealer, showing secret mine locations, cutting and polishing operati

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