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I think there are sone alexandrites found at Vatomandry. The Vatomandry gemstone deposit was discovered in September 2000. Access to the mining area, which lies along the Sakanila River, requires traveling on a dirt road approximately 30 km southwest of the coastal town of Vatomandry, which is located 140 km south of Toamasina.

Soon after some rubies was found there, several thousand miners moved in. However, the Malagasy government closed the area to mining in February 2001, and all trading and exporting of the gems were prohibited.

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Ilakaka is located more than 150 miles east of Tulear. The road from Tulear is paved and in excellent condition. As in most parts of Madagascar, there are few cars and more pedestrians and cattle. This part of south central Madagascar is high dessert plain, - warm or hot in the day and windy and cool at night. Before the discovery of gems, the only attraction was the nearby Isalo national park known especially for its unique painted rock formations and there are an estimated 300,000 hand-miners in the Ilakaka area working in the field at present day.

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The town of Ilakaka is only two or three years old. There are perhaps 100 small one or two storey hastily built shanty/buildings with wooden shutters instead of glass windows. The buildings include gem offices, two or three room hotels, clothes stalls, petrol pumps and garages. This town is here for the gems and I cannot imagine any other reason for its existence. The highlights include the Thai hotel/ restaurant 2 km outside of town and the Les Renes De L’Isalo (Hotel in the Rocks) in the national park about 10 km away. A small grass airstrip lies outside of town near Les Renes De L’Isalo. The government recently moved the gemstone buying area a few kilometers out of town.
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Obtala Resources agrees licensing deal with Gemstones of Africa
The six mining licences lie in the Manyara area of Tanzania
www.alexandrite.net/discussion/topic/obtala-resources-agrees-licensing-deal-with-gemsto-FRM-284
Rough / Uncut Alexandrite.
I would like to know where I can get a rough / uncut stone certified that it is alexandrite. We have in our possession a large piece that we...
www.alexandrite.net/discussion/topic/rough-uncut-alexandrite-FRM-350
Alexandrites From the Novello Claims in Zim
Anyone know of collectors as I have 6 specimens which I know are from Zim, I seem to be battling to get valued. They are not cuttable as far...
www.alexandrite.net/discussion/topic/alexandrites-from-the-novello-claims-in-zim-FRM-374
Phenomenal gemstones
Phenomenal gems - asterism, chatoyancy, color change, etc
www.alexandrite.net/discussion/topic/phenomenal-gemstones-FRM-378
alexandrite for sale
I am very sad to say that i am going to sell my aleandrite ring. The stone is from multicolur. It is a 1.05 ct. The ring is white gold with...
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183 carat Rough Alexandrite For Sale
New on the Market Fm Novello Mine Rough 183 Carat Very Rare Commodity No Time wasters Full disclosure to suitable and genuine Buyers
www.alexandrite.net/discussion/topic/183-carat-rough-alexandrite-for-sale-FRM-421
My Brazilian Alexandrite purchased 1987
Fortune smiled on me in 1987 and I found a very fine quality Alexandrite from the first Brazilian find. It has a complete color change from...
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14.00 Carat Alexandrite for sale
14.00 Carat Alexandrite , Cushion shape Stone available for sale. Interesting buyers mail us. ...email removed... Rgds Jai
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I would really like to find out more about my alexandrite ring please
large alexandrite, oblong, warm purpley with hint of blue and even a teeny bit of yellow sometimes
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