Ruby Rumors Lead Thousands to Vietnam Village

October 11, 2000

Ruby Rumors Lead Thousands to Vietnam Village

Treasure hunters are flocking to a remote Vietnam village and security services are trying to keep control following rumors of the discovery of more large ruby deposits, BBC news reports. According to local police, officers have been sent to the village, located in Nghe An province near the Laos border, to disperse the thousands of miners gathered there. According to BBC news, miners have been arriving at a rate of 3,000 a day for the past week. Even local villagers have added to the chaos; some have been seen digging up their own gardens looking for gems.

This isn't the first time people have rushed to Vietnam villages in search of precious gems. The country has been the site of ruby mining for several years. And earlier this year, the army was called in to restore order after large deposits of sapphires were found in Vietnam's central highlands, BBC News says.

The mountain region of northern and central Vietnam possesses rich gem deposits. In April, a 2.16 kilogram ruby was found at a mine in Yen Bai province.

- by Julia M. Duncan