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Sumayar Gems

Sumayar is well known in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan for its precious stones, in large quantity, in its best quality, unique in size and known the 2nd class Diamond of the world. Many people of the area are the professional businessmen of Gem stones and nearly 50% of the inhabitants of Sumayar are associated with Gems Business and mining. Chumarbakor in Sumayar valley is house of huge deposits of high quality gems, Aquamarine, Quartz, Topaz, Tourmaline, Garnet. Chumarbakor is world`s heighst human working area for gems mining.

The mining of gemstones on the common land of Sumayar plays a decisive role for the local livelihoods. About five to six hours walking distance up the steep Mamubar nalla, at an altitude of about 4800m, a variety of gemstones are mined. The semi-precious gemstones present here include Aquamarin, Apatite, Morgnite, Flourite, Tourmaline, Topaz and Quartz. The mining and trade of the stones has brought significant wealth to some families and has had a substantial impact on the economic development of the village since the discovery of the deposits. Almost every household sends at least one male member to the mines during the mining season, which usually lasts from late July to October. At the height of the season, more than 400 men work there. On the way to the mines lies the summer settlement of Sumayar, called Ter. Due to its close proximity just one hour walking distance away from the village’s nucleus, only shepherds herding their animals on the lands lying above it usually stay here overnight.


Credit: Mr. Inzi Ali

 

 

 

 

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