Antsirabe is known for the place where gem stones are traded. They come from Ilakaka (South) region. A craze for sapphire stones and the like arose years ago when someone discovered a huge mine in Ilakaka region.
Street vendors sell fake stones. For tourists (and locals) who don't know how to distinguish true from fake, avoid them.
Gem street vendors are seen round hotel places, parkings, train stations... so, beware
Unique Suggestions: If you really do want to buy from street vendors, bargain. Cut half the price and go up.
Fun Alternatives: Go to houses that use to trade. Unfortunately, I am not able to give any name now but Antsirabe has those houses that are trading gem stones (with certificate, if I am not wrong)... Ah yes! I remember of a house, held by a gem-passionate woman...
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