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A Gem is Born

Gems come in all sizes, colors and shapes, but they have one thing in common: they shine and sparkle as they catch the light, dazzling the beholder. But, this is not how they start out. Gem stones are forged deep inside the earth and, in the rough, appear unremarkable to the untrained eye. But people in the know can spot a rough diamond, for example, and foresee its travels from the mine shaft, the river bed or gravel pit to, eventually, the jeweler's display case. VOA's Sonja Pace narrates this story of the birth of a gem stone and the beginnings of its journey.

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