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Jakarta Post

Supernatural meteorite jewels

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Bangka Belitung   /   Tue, January 5 2010   /  10:45 am

Under scrutiny: A collector of satam stone view patterns of the black meteorite with the help of a magnifying glass.Apart from being one of the world’s chief tin-producing centers, the island of Bangka Belitung, located off the eastern coast of Sumatra, has also cemented a reputation overseas for its satam gemstone handicrafts, signature jewelry not found elsewhere.The word satam comes from the Chinese sa meaning sand and tam, bile. But the indigenous people
living in the island call satam black meteorite. “Guides take tourists to the gemstone handicraft center in Tanjung Pandan, Belitung,” Sarmasih, Bangka Belitung education office staff member told The Jakarta Post. The two films — Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Warrior) and Sang Pemimpi (Dreamer), depicting
children’s struggle in Bangka Belitung, also increased the number of local and foreign tourists visiting the province,...