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There are various grades of Sapphire coming out of Madagascar presently. Those from Ilakaka tend to have a nice open colour which has a bluish purplish hue, whilst those from other areas I have seen on the island, such as Andranondambo, tend to have a darker tone. Some pieces coming from the Swiss Bank Mine in Ilakaka, a mine run by John Noel whom I have met several times whilst in Madagascar, often produces pieces that are on par with Sapphires heralding from Burma, Kashmir and Ceylon. Occasionally you will find unusual shaped inclusions in Sapphires from this region and experts have discovered that these are normally either Calcite or Apatite crystals.
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