Money, Hitmen, Brazil, Explosives and Emeralds (Part 2)

The second half of our interview with anthropologist and University of Chicago Alum Professor Brian Brazeal.  This part of the interview concerns Brian’s own personal experience of the emerald trade and his method for studying the sellers, the buyers, and a place called the Rat Market.

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“Even the unreliable sources can provide you with very interesting information if you have a sense of when people are lying to you and when they’re not.”

Money, Hitmen, Brazil, Explosives and Emeralds

Emerald mining is a business fraught with international intrigue and explosions as professor and anthropologist Brian Brazeal explains.

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“If anybody tries to take my mine I’ll shoot em’.”

See part 2 tomorrow