Exploring The Mines Of Muzo

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Exploring The Mines Of Muzo

A reputation can be a difficult thing to change.  Even if you’re now a barely tolerable analyst, whose tenure as an NHL GM was somewhere between controversial and laughable, people will always just want to talk about that time you hit a guy with a shoe.  

As a country, Colombia is, and perhaps always will be, inextricably linked in the public consciousness to Pablo Escobar, the Cali Cartel, and the cocaine industry.  Admittedly, the topic makes for fascinating reading, and intermittently entertaining television, but it also provides an outdated impression of a country moving forward with new, profitable (and legal) industries. 

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One of those industries is mining and, within that industry, the towns near the Muzo and Chivor regions are becoming more world renowned for their emeralds than ever before.    

Alongside our friend George Smith of @muzoemeralds, we first travelled (by helicopter, then jeep) about 7 hours north of Bogota to access the Muzo region, where some of the finest Colombian emeralds are mined.   

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We saw first-hand what Muzo has to offer in terms of rough emeralds for sale and, just as importantly, what is being sent to Bogota before being cut, polished, and eventually exported to worldwide markets.  For us, the most rewarding part of the trip was our interactions with the locals – both those working the mines and those earning a living day-to-day.  Curious of our presence at first, they were simultaneously welcoming and appreciative when they learned of our interest in celebrating their livelihood.  

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Below, you’ll get a look into a mine tour and buying trip we did in that area.  Let us know what you think and tag or share this with a friend who would like to learn more about Colombian Muzo Emeralds. 

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Did You Know? 

May is emerald month! Check out some more photos below from our trip to Muzo, the source of some beautiful pieces that you can now find at Cavalier, our shop in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood.   

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Welcome to the Cavalier Blog

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Welcome to the Cavalier Blog

“You can get a good look at a T-bone steak by sticking your head up a bull’s ass, but wouldn’t you rather take your butcher’s word for it?” 

– Tommy Callahan III, (from Tommy Boy, 1994) 

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While it might not have endured like fellow 1994 releases Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Clifford (just kidding), Tommy Boy is still pretty damn funny twenty-four years later. However, what doesn’t hold up as well is the ideology expressed by Tommy Callahan (played by the late great Chris Farley) in the above quote. 

Far from simply taking companies at their word, today’s consumers are more aware than ever of the routes and processes that bring desired products to the point of purchase; the ethical sourcing of food, clothing, and electronics is top of mind for a larger segment of our society than ever before. 

With that in mind, this blog is one way that we, at Cavalier Gastown, can provide transparency into what we do. Essentially, it will serve as a platform for featured videos from buying trips, mine tours, and product launches. By incorporating opinions and expertise from members of our team, we believe this blog will be thought provoking, entertaining, reflective and genuine. 

As a bonus, we promise it’ll be slightly more exotic than visiting the farm that provides the milk for your morning coffee. Unless, of course, you have your milk flown in direct from a Bogota dairy farm. 

Starting next week, when we journey to the emerald mines located in the Colombian towns of Chivor and Muzo, we’ll take our clients, friends, family, and Instagram followers behind the scenes to detail the often fascinating steps involved in our mine to market strategy. 

Here's a sneak peek from our most recent trip.

Finally, in addition to providing a glimpse into the happenings outside of our storefront in Vancouver BC, we’d love to hear what you want to see or read about! Essentially this post is an invitation for you to crowd our inbox with questions, comments, ideas, or opinions. 

At Cavalier, every stone we sell becomes part of your story – how that stone gets to you, is ours. 

If you have something on your mind you’d like us to write about you, you can post in the comments below. 

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