A “rush” in a remote area of the protected wet forest in Madagascar has produced fine blue sapphires of over 100 carats and attracted tens of thousands of miners from across the country. Join us as Rosey Perkins shares photographs of her journey to the mines in Madagascar, describes life at “the rush” and the sapphires found there, and invites discussion around the topic of conservation and mining.
Rosey Perkins (GG) is a London based gemologist whose passion has led to field trips in Sri Lanka, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. She has spoken at the Association Française de Gemmologie's annual Rendez-Vous and been published in Gems & Gemology, Gems & Jewellery and Revue. She is currently working on a research project with Lotus Gemology, Bangkok.