August 16, 2017
There is a diaspore mine (10,000 sq. km area) on Ilbira Mountains located in Mugla in southwestern Turkey.
In a very minor portion of this mine, about a few kilometer long, gem-quality material is extracted.
Murat Akgun bought the entire mine from ETI Bank in 2005, a government organization that previously mined in the area. Then, he founded ‘the Milenyum Mining’ to operate this mine. He named the gems found in his mine ‘Sultanite’. After two different partnerships, Mr. Akgun lost the name rights of ‘Sultanite’ while he still holds the ownership of the mine. Then, he named the gem stones as CSARITE®. Due to financial issues, Mr. Akgun stopped mining on July 2016. He has been actively seeking a partner to reopen the mine.