As well as being one of the oldest jewellers in Río, here you can learn about the journey of these precious stones
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It is one of the most traditional jewellers in Rio de Janeiro, and the biggest in Latin America. Situated on Garcia D'Avila Street in the Ipanema neighbourhood, it has branches throughout Brazil and 11 other countries. It was founded in 1945 by Hans Stern, a businessman who, at just 30 years old, became a millionaire through the selling of gemstones. His first shop opened next to the city's quay, retailing exclusive precious gemstones to tourists. Its current headquarters goes beyond a simple shop. With a gemological laboratory, it is a space dedicated to the craft of jewellery-making, and even boasts a showroom. Throughout the week you can take a guided tour of the building, Mondays to Fridays from 08:30 to 18:00, and on Saturdays from 08:30 to 12:00. Inside the shop, you will learn about the entire preparation process and gemstone sculpting, as well as the design and manufacture of the jewellery. Amongst the large collection on display is Brazil's gem, the amethyst, ranking highly as one of the world's most popular gemstones. One of the main attractions of this jewellers-museum is the price, cheaper than buying in its other shops, but still not for tight budgets. More information is available at www.hsterninrio.com.
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