Ethiopia Sapphire

The remote Ethiopian Highlands, at a height of almost 8,000 feet, a large sapphire-field has been found in a remote, culturally-timeless area that is carefully administered by the authorities.

This new find, made in early 2017 at the north end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, was somewhat eclipsed by the 2016 discovery of a Madagascan sapphire deposit that occupied the sapphire industry’s attention (see pp.14-15). This new Ethiopian sapphire deposit has emerged almost entirely unnoticed, and the scale is only just being understood.

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