The gem deposits of East Africa are quite young in terms of discovery when compared to their eastern cousins in Sri Lanka and India. Sapphires from the Tunduru area are an especially recent find. Unlike deposits in Asia that have been documented for centuries and even millennia these deposits were only fully recognized in the mid 1990’s. Little published gemological work has been done on these sapphires. All of the sapphires from the Tunduru region are from alluvial and elluvial deposits and their in situ origin can only be speculated. Tunduru is known to produce 16 different gem mineral species (Clanin, 2007). Many of the sapphires being produced are of top color and quality. In the future Tunduru may come to hold a distinguished place among world sapphire localities.

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