Downtown: Hunting gems in Southern Tanzania

Richard Hughes details his visits to ruby and sapphire mines in Madagascar and Tajikistan.

From Madagascar to Tajikistan: New Directions in Ruby & Sapphire by Richard Hughes
The earliest ruby and sapphire mines of yore, Sri Lanka and Burma, continue to be significant producers, but other major deposits have been recently discovered. Most important of these is Madagascar, where huge new fields of blue sapphire, pink sapphire and ruby are now being worked. And in an obscure corner of Central Asia, yet another ruby deposit is beginning to make an impact. Richard Hughes has visited both Madagascar and Tajikistan in the past two years and will take attendees on a journey from the steaming jungles of Moramanga to the high-altitude deserts of Murghab. A highlight will also be a visit to Badakhshan's long-lost balas ruby (spinel) mines and a side trip to the Russian emerald mines.

1 February 2007

AGTA GemFair, Tucson Convention Center
Tucson, AZ (USA)

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