| Before the signing of a peace pact in 1991, an estimated 3,000 people were killed in fighting for control of the business.|
As cancer spread, his hold on power slipped, and the peace pact started to unravel. He survived at least two assassination attempts.
|The emerald tsar brought a relative peace to the industry. |
Carranza claimed emeralds “called to him”.
|Slipping production is likely the reason behind the rise in the price of Colombian emeralds, which spiked 30 per cent in 2017, according to industry experts.|