Ruby rush in Zahemena National Park, Madagascar
Author : GIA : GIA Field Gemology Project
In July 2015 the news started to spread out that a ruby discovery happened inside the Zahamena National Park in Madagascar. Stories and photos about attractive clean stones over 10 carats spread and rapidly several thousands of unlicensed miners went to work the area creating some serious concerns for people in charge of conservation in Madagascar and in the local media. In August 2015, the Malagasy government sent soldiers to close the mining site but as the area was very remote they could not stay more than a month and as soon as they left miners returned. In September 2015, during the GIA FE73 field expedition, GIA field gemologists visiting the areas could confirm that the deposit was indeed located inside Zahamena National Park and witness than about 1,000 people were still working the mining site.