Since the summer Olympics of 2016 began just over a week ago in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the United States has been able to bring home 70 medals. Baltimore native, Michael Phelps walked away with 5 gold medals and 1 silver medal, increasing the most decorated Olympian’s total medal count to 28 career medals. Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, Maryland finished in Rio with 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 2 new world records, and 2 olympic records at age 19. Overall, the US swim team has contributed 33 medals to our country’s total 70 medals.
While the games continue and we continue cheering for our country’s talented athletes in Brazil, we’ve come to learn new information about the host country’s culture. At the opening ceremonies, we saw samba dancing, listened to famous Brazilian singers, and were enlightened on the Amazon rainforest and the significance of global warming.
In addition to the country’s unique culture, Brazil also possesses some of the world’s largest deposits of certain gemstones, many of which are available here at Samuelson’s and on our store’s Etsy website.
In the 19th century, large deposits of Amethyst were discovered in Brazil. The February birthstone can be found today in the state of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.
Aquamarine, the well known blue March birthstone, is another gemstone that can be found in Brazil. The state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the country’s most productive mining area, is home to most of Brazil’s precious gemstones. Brazil famously gifted some particular aquamarine items in the past. Queen Elizabeth’s tiara was a coronation gift from the President and people of Brazil in 1953, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1,847 carat aquamarine stone was given to her from the Brazilian government in 1935.
In Ouro Préto, Brazil, which is also located in the state of Minas Gerais, some of the world’s most one-of-a-kind topaz stones can be found. Here and Russia’s Ural Mountains are two of the top places to find pink-to-red, purple, or orange topaz, which are less well-known and harder to find compared to the well-known blue topaz we are familiar with. Precious topaz is known as November’s birthstone and the mines in Ouro Préto produce orange to pinkish-purple varieties of the gemstone. At Samuelson’s, we have plenty of blue topaz. The December birthstone is popular around the world, and can also be found in the Olympic host country of Brazil.
So, before this summer’s closing ceremonies on August 21st, be sure you celebrate this once-every-four-years event and check out our jewelry with gemstones for which Brazil is well-known. You’ll have a lasting memory of the summer’s games that will last a lifetime.
Information on Gemstones and Featured Image Courtesy of www.GIA.edu
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