| During the Soviet occupation, mining of all Afghan gem and mineral deposits was controlled by the state. However, since many mines lay in inaccessible areas, such mining became an important source of income for the rebels. |
|Political difficulties and rugged terrain make Afghanistan a difficult country to explore, and Tajikistan is no better.|
Fine "Balas Ruby" spinel is as sought after, and commands the same high prices, as ruby.
See -----> http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/02/the-crown-jewels.html
See -----> http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/01/seven-stones-in-russian-diamond-fund.html