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Preparing for Sainte Marie Aux Mines

Next week I will be going to Sainte Marie Aux Mines, tucked deep in the Alsace region of France. Once a year this little village which was once a silver mining village is opening up to stone dealers and collectors from all over the world. It is that big that if you are going all four days and take your time to look at the stones you won't be able to see everything. The atmosphere is beautiful, as it is sunny and summery and almost everything is outdoors, except the precious stone presentations which are held in the community hall and the local swimming pool. Because the first days of the show are for jewelers and stone collectors only and...

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