With huge natural resources at its disposal, it's no surprise that Brazil is a hotbed of jewellery talent. After all, the first explorers gave the state of Minas Gerais its name (Portuguese for 'general mines') for the very reason it yielded huge quantities of gemstones. Understandably, coloured stones are at the forefront of most designers' aesthetic, although the use of yellow gold and diamonds should not be ignored.

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