Bogota

Emerald

[ Dec.2016 ] Some days before we left for Colombia, I was at an antique complex in London and a vendor told me “This emerald is from Colombia. The emeralds of Colombia is the best…

Riga

Talked with a woman at an amber stall

At one end of the market, Kalnciems Fair which was held outside of old town of Riga, there was a stall where a woman was selling the rough stone of…

Argentina

National stone of Argentina

The things I was looking forward to in Argentina was not only meat, but also the pink gemstone called Rhodochrosite.

Valparaiso

The man who studied at Tokyo University of the Arts

[ Dec.2015 ] There were some stylish shops in Valparaiso in Chile. I bought this Chrysocolla ring there. Chile is famous for its Lapis Lazuli, but they have other stones related to copper, too, like…

Chile

Lapis lazuli

[ Dec.2015 ] One of the things I was looking forward to in this South America tour was ‘stones’. Chile is the one of the major sources of Lapis Lazuli. This stone has an ultramarine…

Lefkara

Pendant of the Byzantine Era

[ Mar.2015 ] This is the pendant I bought in Lefkara village in Cyprus. This village is famous for its lace making, but their silverwork has got a long history, too. Once upon a time,…

Palanga

Gintaro

[ Sept.2014 ] This is a pendant I bought from a man who had a stall in Basanaviciaus Street in Palanga in Lithuania. He made it himself using the local amber and African wood ….

Croatia

Buy pieces of lace

[ July, 2014 ] According to my guide book, there are many women who knit lace and sell their products on the streets. It says ‘Buy one or two pieces which would help them sustaining…