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THE STORY OF THE FIRST MADAGASCAR SAPPHIRE            INFORMATION    INFO. FR      INFO. DE   
 

 

Madagascar sapphire
 
Andranondambo
Sapphire Discovery 
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The story
                     In 1658, Etienne de Flacourt, the governor of Fort-Dauphin, mentions sapphires in southern Madagascar,
                     and he was drowned on his last voyage to Madagascar on the 10th of June 1660.
In 1808, Barthélemy Hugon writes that in the valley of Ambolo there is a so beautiful stone and so rare that his lapidaries have not
been able to recognize it, and it was above of all that is not diamond. .... In 1991, at the time of the great dryness in the south, 
sapphire samples are found on the ground, several centuries after their first discovery. It became the first exploited Madagascar 
sapphire.
      ¦ Sapphire ¦ Pink Sapphire ¦     ¦ Sunset Sapphire ¦ Violet Sapphire ¦
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Tranomaro Natural Ilakaka Color Didy Sapphire
Natural Maromby Color Sakalama Color
Color Natural Marohotro Color Vohimena vaovao
Ambondromifehy Color Natural Ambandanira Color
Natural Color Mahatsara Natural Andranondambo
The corundum shows in Madagascar two different aspects:  
1 stony and opaque crystals.
2  crystals of smaller size often transparent and usable as gem.
The gems are generally found in alluvium, but come either from basaltic slags, 
or from metamorphic marbles or endomorphous feldspatic rocks.
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