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Mining the Facts: Stones from Madagascar
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A wide variety of gemstones containing a spectrum-spanning range of colors originate in Madagascar, an island southeast of the African continent that has recently become one of the leading sources of gemstones in the world. Our featured stones this week – Kabamby Ocean Jasper and other Ocean Jaspers – are some of the latest unique types of stones Madagascar produces, and they only come from two locations in northwestern Madagascar.



In 2006, while searching for Ocean Jasper, geologists discovered another unique gemstone: Polychrome Jasper. As its name suggests, the stone contains multiple colors, often highlighted by the banding in the stone. This is a gemstone that looks exceptionally great in its polished form.



Labradorite, originally discovered in Labrador, Canada, has been found and mined in other parts of the world including Madagascar.




One of the most-interesting items we sell at Dakota Stones also has a Madagascar origin: the Bivalve Majunga Drilled Pendants. These once served as homes for simple aquatic clams near the Mahajanga (aka “Majunga”) Basin, but 144-206 million years have fossilized these shells and made them perfect beads or pendants that will definitely attract attention. And now if someone asks where they’re from, you can tell them – Madagascar!

 
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