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Gemstones in Vietnam Photos


There are so many precious gemstones in Vietnam.

There were legends of precious stones in the Khmer Kingdom, including Southern Vietnam dating back to the Middle Ages. Recent geological studies have confirmed the validity of these hypotheses and the country has a large reserve of sapphires and rubies.

There was little information on mining in Vietnam until the 1980s due to decades of war. Mines weren’t exploited until 1987 and then in 1989, a considerable amount of rubies and pink sapphires were mined in Vietnam.

Vietnam has a very rich source of gems. Gemstones in Vietnam consist of sapphire, rubies, zircons, yellow and green tourmalines, yellow-green chrysoberyl cat eyes, spinel, tourmaline, peridot, aquamarine, topaz, garnet, and quartz, as well as a variety of rare cultured pearls.

Amongst Vietnams most cherished possession is a 2.58 kg ruby crystal known as “The Star of Vietnam”, which was unearthed in 1997.

Gemstone Detectives organise escorted tours to discover gemstones in Vietnam. Our adventurous tours give you an opportunity to submerge yourself into the world of gemstones. We visit the leading sources in search of indigenous gemstones.

Browse our gallery of beautiful pictures that were taken on one of our gemstone tours in Vietnam; capturing the vibrancy of the country and meeting the friendly locals.

Our gemstone tours give you a unique opportunity to learn from our experienced gemmologist Kim Rix who will share her knowledge, experience and trusted contacts with you. Kim also captured these beautiful photographs from the gallery.

We have organised a mini-package and itinerary for a small group of travellers who have a love of gemstones in Vietnam. All tours include transportation, food, locals trips and an English-speaking tour guide with local knowledge. If you would like to discover Gemstones in Vietnam take a look at our upcoming Gemstone Tours.