Colombian emeralds tell their stories well. The inclusions are so distinctive that they really can’t be from anywhere else. These hexagonal crystals have recently come from the Chivor mine in Colombia. They have “three phase” inclusions, with a solid, a liquid and a gas. The solid is a crystal and the gas is a bubble, and the bubble and crystal are in a liquid in a completely sealed off space in the crystal. I don’t know how long it has been there, but I do know where it came from. Emeralds from elsewhere don’t have these, and they are even identifiable under high magnification in finished gems such as lot 209 from the fall 2013 Dupuis auction. Visit www.dupuis.ca for upcoming news on the spring 2014 auction.