05 April 2013

COLOMBIA : 'Emerald Czar' Carranza Dead...At 77.

      The man known as Colombia's 'Emerald Czar'...Victor Carranza, 77...died Thursday... after a 3-year battle with prostate cancer.
     He was one of the nation's largest landowner...controlled its most productive gem mines...that produced 40% of the emerald trade.
     Colombia alone provides 2/3 of the world's emeralds.
     His death could unleash again the struggle among illegal armed groups for control of the lucrative emerald trade.