Sri Lanka: The world’s largest star sapphire cluster has been discovered in a backyard accidentally on Tuesday, reported BBC. According to a gem trader, the stone was found by workmen who were digging a well in his home in the gem-rich Ratnapura area.
The ‘pale blue’ stone weighs around 510 kilograms and according to experts, it has an estimated value of up to $100 million in the international market. It has been named the “Serendipity Sapphire”.
The owner of the stone, Mr Gamage, told BBC, “The person who was digging the well alerted us about some rare stones. Later we stumbled upon this huge specimen.”
Mr Gamage is a third-generation gem trader and immediately informed the authorities about the discovery. However, it took him more than a year to clean the stone of mud and other dirt before it could be analysed and certified.
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He also said that a few stones fell out of the cluster during the cleaning process.
Gemexi (Representational image)
Thilak Weerasinghe, the Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka said, “It is a special star sapphire specimen, probably the biggest in the world. Given the size and its value, we think it will interest private collectors or museums.”