In Search Of Kashmir Ruby

The following narrative recounts a 1995 journey to the ruby mines of Azad Kashmir in Northern Pakistan by a group of nine Americans, one Italian and one Briton. The trip was organized by Gemcore, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of gemological knowledge through research and education. The expedition also was made possible by the Azad Kashmir Mineral and Industrial Development Corp. This is a personal account of the experiences, observations and thoughts of author Karen L. Rice, a first-time traveler to this remote region. Rice is a gemologist with Suna Bros. Inc., New York, N.Y. Our August 1995 journey to the remote Nangimali and Lower Khora deposits - the world's highest operational ruby mines - was the first by a foreign team. Our journey began amid the hustle and bustle of New York City with a luncheon and orientation meeting. From New York we flew some 17 hour

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