Afghanistan Gemstones Buy gems by country of origin. Afghanistan is an important historical gemstone source located on the ancient Silk Road. The Khyber Pass connects Afghanistan to Pakistan, where Afghan gems have been traded for many years. Lapis lazuli has been mined from Badakhshan in Afghanistan from ancient times until the present day. Emeralds that rival the finest Colombian emeralds are mined from the Panjshir Valley. Nuristan Province produces some exceptional tourmaline, aquamarine, hiddenite, kunzite and morganite gems. Additionally, Jegdalek to the southeast of Kabul is a source for fine Afghan rubies, along with blue and pink sapphire. Other gems from Afghanistan include serpentine and turquoise.
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