Madagascar: A gemologist’s journey (Isalo National Park Evening)

Our afternoon in Isalo National Park was just as beautiful as the morning. After a delicious lunch and entertainment by four friendly ring-tailed lemurs, we’re off again on one last adventure to a tropical waterfall. The scene was just too inviting and some of us jumped into the refreshing pool of cold water. It was well over 90 degrees that day and the incline to reach the waterfall was fairly steep, so it was wonderful to cool down in such a beautiful area.

Isalo National Park
We ended our day in Isalo Park visiting a popular tourist stop referred to as the Window of Isalo. It’s a rock formation with a natural frame perfect for capturing the sunset just right.

In the evening we had a wonderful meal in our high end hotel resort. Afterwards, Federico Pezzotta gave a presentation on the different gems and minerals of Madagascar.

Federico Pezzotta
Madagascar is the worlds most locality rich island for gems and minerals, hosting many of the most impressive and unique specimens. Here he discussed the difference in tourmaline specimens from one locality vs. another. The presentation was very interesting.

In my next post we head to one of my favorite stops, Illakaka.

Author: Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites and

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Michelle holds a Graduate Gemologist Diploma, Graduate Diamonds Diploma and Graduate Colored Stones Diploma through the Gemological Institute of America's distance education program. Michelle currently serves as President of the Mile High GIA Alumni Association. She also serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Jeweler's Association and is a member of the American Gem Trade Association.
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