Jewels With Brazilian Style

Mother Nature has given Brazil huge reserves of gemstones and gold. Although it doesn't produce ruby, sapphire, or tanzanite, name almost any other gemstone, and Brazil has it in spades. The country is home to some of the world's finest aquamarine, amethyst, alexandrite, chrysoberyl and cat's-eye chrysoberyl, citrine, emerald, fluorite, garnet, kunzite, iolite, morganite, tourmaline (including, of course, Paraíba), and topaz (including imperial topaz, which is found only in Brazil). And don't forget that Brazil also produces diamonds. For centuries, Brazil has exported mainly rough and cut stones, not jewelry. But over the past few years, Brazilian designers and manufacturers have collectively focused on creating "the Brazilian style," and the August 2002 Feninjer Show in São Paulo showed off that style with rousing Latin passion. Defining Brazil. But what exactly is Brazilian styl

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