Yianni Melas

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Cow herder near Lake Manyara Emerald Mines Tansania Africa.

Orissa Gem Expedition in India.

Colombian Emeralds at Joe Gads office during Helmut Swarovski visit.

Peshawar Melon seller near buying office in Pakistan. Photo taken by Yianni Melas.

Panning for Rubies and Gold in Madagascar.

Lake Manyara Emerald Mines that used to be mined by George and Iason Pappas brothers.

Tansanian Masai tribesmen in Rhodolite area. We are standing on termite hill. Termite hills are geologic indicators of gems below since termines dig beneath and unearth the gems under ground.

At the 2012 Zimbabwe Fashion Week with Legendary Ms Kiki Divaris, my good friend Pamela and Zim Tourism's wife Barbara.

Aquamarines in Zambia.

African trading beads i just bought in Zimbabwe. Love them!!

Local Zimbabwe Artist. Love the local art!

The Spear was the buy of the year. Now i collect them.

Oxtail stew at 12 USD kg even here in Zim. Same price as fillet. Its a specialty of Africa and very yummy.

Book donation Ann Hamilton and I donated to Orphanage School in Harare. Very special moment.

Vatumandry rubies i discovered in Madagascar and photographed on banana leaf. One of my favorite photos.

My baby Chic Twistina and me at Tsambika beach in Rhodes. Nothing like a blue blood American Quarterhorse.

In the bush in Africa. Love my crossbow. US made and pure power. And most important lethal, quiet and legal. A

Texas smoker i built in Zimbabwe to cook for VIPS. Can cook for huge party and it cooks like a dream. Last meat i cooked for 22 hours! It was falling off bone. The locals love smoked ribs! Musasa wood great. 2012

Luxury Camp of Maharajah in Pushkar India during the Mines to Market event as well as the Pushkar Horse and Camel trading event. 2011

Pushkar India. Photo by well known GIA photographer and friend Robert Weldon.

Only for the adventurous!