Mineral and gemstones tourism
the end of the 18th century, with the systematization of mineralogy
as a science, europeans naturalists, noblemen and governors have demonstrated
great interest for collections and heaps of rare minerals. Brazil
has an incredible variety of rarities and crystals which puts it among
the main provinces of the world.
A particular case of these minerals
are the gem-minerals, whose existence in our territory has influenced
the imaginary of portuguese people and "bandeirantes" (members
of early brazilian expeditions) in the beginning of the colonization.
Many mineral and gem fairs states, which attract a great number of
tourists, specially the foreigners.
Brazil presents some very interesting mineral fairs and gems/jewels events. Main places are Soledade in southern part and Teofilo Otoni in southeast. São Paulo, as big town, also organize many events, mainly with gemstones and jewelry.
Colored Stone Magazine - Turismo MIneral no Brasil