There is an excellent article in the Oct. 2 issue of the New Yorker
magazine, out this week. "The Path of Stones" (The race for
Madagascar's jewels), by Burkhard Bilger, presents a look at
Madagascar's gem mining, stone dealing, and the various dangers
therein. It is a fascinating article with a lot of In
some ways it reminded me of some of Richard Wise's writings about
traveling in the gem world.