The widest range of coloured sapphires are found in Madagascar. Wennick–Lefèvre’s working presence in Madagacar reflects our everyday excitemenent and adoration of this wonderous place. Most sapphires in Madagascar are found in the region of Ilakaka, the largest sapphire deposit in the world. Some of the rarest colours – like pineapple yellow, lime green, magenta, orange, cognac and violet – are present here.
Many of the colours found in Ilakaka are only found there.
At Wennick–Lefèvre it is natural to have close relationships with all the people we meet and deal with.
Madagascar has a well-developed tradition of gem mining, and the gems here are still mined by hand using traditional methods.
These methods respect the work of local workers and preserve the land after the mining activities have ceased. The sapphire deposit around the town of Ilakaka is probably the largest in the world.
Most sapphires here are found in former riverbeds, 40 to 50 metres below the ground. Groups of men work together, turning the soil with shovels to draw it up from the open pit and uncover the sapphire-rich deposit beneath.