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Tsarstone collectors guide

Zimbabwean alexandrite

Alexandrite found at Girdlestone Farm are small well-formed orthorhombic repeated twins forming pseudo hexagonal crystals of gem quality with a strong color change, from dark green to purple red.

Locality details
RegionMashonaland West
ProvinceMasvingo (Fort Victoria)
LocalityGirdlestone Farm
Time zoneUTC+2
Locality maps
Map of Girdlestone Farm Satellite of Girdlestone Farm

The present situation in Zimbabwe means that the only major Sandawana emerald mine is now operating in the southwest Zvishavane region. The mines are worked by a private company and are known for producing small emeralds of fine color. Although alexandrite has been found in Zimbabwe, there is no current production.

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