Mysterious and mystical, enveloped in myth and mantled in mountains and jungle, Muzo is surely the most fabled of the world’s great heritage gemstone mines. Hidden away, high up, in rugged, sacred land, laden with riches, the Muzo mine was, and is still today, veined with emeralds of mesmerising light-filled beauty, emeralds revered and worshipped by Aztecs, Incas, Muiscas, for hundreds, even thousands of years. From Muzo in what is now Colombia came the greatest emeralds of history, resonating with the jewelled splendour of the Spanish court, the magnificence of the Mughal treasures, the exoticism of Ottoman opulence; gemstones of intense, intoxicating vibrant green, of a dangerously deep but gloriously sun-kissed hue found nowhere else in the world.
Vivienne Becker, Award winning author & jewellery historian
The Muzo mines lie some 60 miles north-west of Bogotá in a far-flung corner of Boyacá department in the high Andes mountains. The path weaves its way from high cold altitudes among sheer cliffs in the clouds, finally dropping down through the semitropical jungle to humid warm valleys where the gems are hidden.
Today Muzo secures and integrates the supply chain from extraction to its subsidiaries. Thanks to new levels of traceability, the emerald with the dazzling personality can now boast rock-solid health and safety, environmental and ethical credentials.
Muzo emeralds are the national pride of Colombia. These glittering beauties, each one unique, are steeped in the millennial tradition of the emerald mines in Muzo.
NURTURING HUMAN STRENGTHS
With over 900 employees, Muzo is a major employer in the region. Muzo’s core values include a strong commitment to the community and equal chances for both genders.