| Newly discovered sapphire and emerald gemstones from Ethiopia generated over $7.8m, reports Addis Fortune. The two gemstones were discovered in Tigray and Oromia regional states respectively. The exported sapphire is blue, and it was extracted from Tigray Regional State in two Weredas amounting to 31kg. Emerald was discovered in Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State. 2,000kg of the precious mineral was sold.|
The gemstones were mainly exported to Switzerland, Australia and the US. They are currently extracted by artisanal miners who are organised in unions and cooperatives. Sapphire was discovered in November 2016, emerald at the beginning of 2017.