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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8198630.stm

A leading Scottish gemstone expert has been killed in Kenya by a gang armed with clubs, spears, bows and arrows.

Campbell Bridges, 71, was attacked by 20 men in the grounds of his 600-acre property near the southern town of Voi.

He fought off the mob with his son Bruce and four Kenyan staff but died of his injuries on arrival at hospital.

Police are investigating the attack which they believe is connected to a three-year dispute over access and control of Mr Bridges' gemstone mines.

Internationally renowned

He was driving his pick-up truck in the grounds of his home within a national park when he was ambushed by about 20 men brandishing crude home-made weapons, police said.

Witnesses said his injuries were caused by stab wounds from a knife. No-one else was injured in the attack on Tuesday.

Mr Bridges' body has since been flown to the capital Nairobi, police said.

The internationally-renowned gemmologist has lived in the African country most of his life, and is credited with discovering the green Tsavorite gem, a rare stone unique to the region.

He also worked as a special consultant to the New York jewellers, Tiffany and Company.

A UK Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "As his immediate next of kin is American, the US officials are providing consular assistance... but as the deceased is a British national, British consular officials are leading the liaison with local authorities."

 

A sad day for gemmology. :(

 

More:

 

http://www.tsavorite.com/history/campbell-bridges.html

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Lukeness

This was really terrible news. Cambell Bridges was a legend in the gem industry and was one of the pioneers who helped bring Tanzanite onto the market. He personally was the one who discovered Tanzanite and together with Tiffany gave it a name after the Tsavo National Park near the mines.

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motherearth

hi, yes bad news indeed, and a lesson to many, as to what a ruthless and cut-throat business this is!!

 

Jeff

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