Muzo

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Muzo
Municipality and town
Muzo Emerald on calcite, 5.3 x 3 x 3 cm
Muzo Emerald on calcite, 5.3 x 3 x 3 cm
Location of the municipality and town of Muzo in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Muzo in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Western Boyacá Province
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)

Muzo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmuso]) is a town and municipality in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the subregion of the Western Boyacá Province. It is widely known for the nearby emerald mines containing arguably the world's highest quality gems of this type. The Muzo mines are situated in the western foothills of the eastern range of the Colombian Andes, about 96 km northeast of Bogotá. The Devonshire, one of the world's most famous uncut emeralds, is from the Muzo mines. It is a 1383.95 carat (276.79 g) emerald and was a gift to the 6th Duke of Devonshire by Emperor Dom Pedro I of Brazil in 1831.

The US National Museum Division of Mineralogy and Petrology carried out a study of the mines in 1916.

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Coordinates: 5°32′N 74°06′W / 5.533°N 74.100°W / 5.533; -74.100