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Gem adventure of the Swiss twins.
June 26, 1988. ©
The plane landed early – something extremely rare on the AirMad 
line serving Tananarive. Mrs. Nory was standing on the airport's  
tarmac, right next to a gendarme. Her son, her brother the 
airport's director and some vague relationship accompanied her.
She welcomed her daughter Tina coming back from Belgium. The nine years she had spent there, 
had metamorphosed the young lady, she almost became vazaha. "foreigner, in Madagascar 
language."
Tina caught the stair's metallic fence. Her blue dress was floating in the overheated air, sweeping 
the black tarmac. She saw some familiar silhouettes far away. The young woman showed a 
movement of retreat, perhaps, her diploma of chemist engineer, acquired recently, would help her 
blur the vindication of the assistance who came here to meet her, she thought .
John and Alain followed the lady. She had met the twins during the stop over in Rome and got 
acquainted with them. This meeting was not fortuitous, because it was her mother who arranged 
it.
Readjusting her scarf, Mrs. Nory moved on. - I see her, she is not in a hurry to go down, she said. 
The lady did not take of her black glasses to kiss her daughter. This coldness, intrigued Alain.
And, Tina introduced her new friends, the precious stone experts, waited impatiently in Tananarive.
Then, Alain noticed a certain ambiguity and even of condescension from the clever lady for her 
daughter.
Both vazaha precipitated towards a wooden shelf. They filled in the immigration forms.
Details on their origin, the goal of their visit, the exact sums imported was explicitly asked to them.
Then, a police officer gave them a lined sheet to be made plug to each hotel in which they would 
go down.
Charged of cumbersome parcels, Alain painfully cut through the crowd.
The twins separately took seat in two cars brought here to pick up them. John went up in the
roomy BMW with the mother. And the prodigal girl took seat right next to Alain, in the Peugeot.
Driving fast, compressed against the door, Alain noticed a black Mercedes coming in opposite 
direction.
 - This is my uncle, the president of the national assembly, shouted Tina, She then added that the
man - a famous reverend - had the habit to harp virulent Marxists sermons to his flocks.
The hearse color limousine disappeared behind enormous billboards marking out the road of the 
dike. 
                               
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                                   Here is the amazing story of the Swiss twins.
John and Alain Darbellay have been in the coloured gemstone business since 1985.
First, they travelled extensively throughout Pakistan in search of quality gem  
materials coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Then, since 1988, they were involved in the gemstone business in Madagascar, 
discovering  new  deposits of gems with their team.
Living in the bush of Madagascar, several month a year among the countrymen, is a 
unique experience, they say.  
John and Alain Darbellay are recognized as professionals in the gemstone field, and 
specialized in coloured gemstones.
                                                          
                                                       John                  Alain
              The love of beauty and practical experience accumulated in producer countries 
              permit selecting the finest stones.

   

 

Looking for sapphires on the ground in     Andranondambo area. (South-East of Madagascar)

It was two years before the rush. (The mother rock was a limestone.)

                       

     More about Andranondambo

    Chrome tourmaline is very hard to extract! »»
    This deposit produced a small quantity of gems
    few years ago.
                    

 

  First, the spessartite garnet is appeared 
  close to the spring of Besafotra river .
  A trek of 25 kilometres among the 
  mountains is needed to reach this spot.
          
 
The rubellite mine of Anjanabonoina in the
high plates. ( One of the best in the world ) »»
The pegmatite of Anjanabonoina
produced a large variety of rare stones 
and many different tourmaline colours.

Ilakaka, one of the safe deposits of Madagascar. This big hole reach more than twenty meters depth. This vast region located south-west of Madagascar overflow with sapphires showing a stunning array of colours.

 

       

              

The small village of Ilakaka was isolated in a region  made up of sandstone. Shortly afterwards the discovery of sapphires in the middle of 1998, it became one of the biggest town of Madagascar.

                      MORE ABOUT ILAKAKA

           

            J. & A. DARBELLAY

            P.O. box 5838

            ( CH ) 1002 LAUSANNE

            SWITZERLAND

            Fax: ++ 41 21 323 36 59

       info@gggems.com                  

John and Alain are passionate in every kind of art: music, painting, sculpture, literature.

Their favourite hobbies are Ski, hang gliding,  mountaineering, motocross and mountain bike, a little bit adrenaline makes life more spicy, they say.

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