The Great Green Rush

In a swath of northern Brazil known for its underground deposits of emeralds, everyone and everything revolves around the never-ending quest for riches.

Story by Giulia Valentina Paolini & Bruno Pitzalis | May 20, 2015

The state of Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil, is one of the most important emerald producers in the entire world. Here, in the city of Carnaiba, everything revolves around these precious stones, and everyone from miners to men of faith get caught up in this frantic green fever.

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Together, Giulia Valentina and Bruno are a creative couple of reporters with an ironic and unconventional point of view. For more, visit www.dioscuri.eu.

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