Gemology Institute of Madagascar [IGM] (Antananarivo)
Students practice the stone cutting skills they are learning at the School of Lapidary Arts. This woman is attaching a stone to a holding rod. Once it is securely adhered to the holder, she will carefully hold it against the polishing wheel to grind a facet onto the stone. All of the wheels used at the IGM were manufactured in Madagascar by a local lapidaire who immigrated from Italy and his Malgasy family. All of the current teachers in the School of Lapidary Arts are Malgasy and graduated from the IGM over the past few years.