The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Fist-Full of Amethyst

...and I've got big hands. 

In Ratanakiri, Cambodia, they measure these stones by the kilo. The better the color and overall quality, the higher the rate. Miners get between US$5-10 per kg. Then gems are then cut, fit in jewelry and sold in Ban Lung or Phnom Penh for much higher prices.

Are you planning to visit Cambodia? Check out Insight Guides Laos & Cambodia and Thomas Cook Travelers Cambodia. I undated both current editions myself, and so give them my personal endorsement. Click on the images below to view the books on

Traveller Guides Cambodia, 2nd (Travellers - Thomas Cook) Laos and Cambodia Insight Guide (Insight Guides)

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