Sri Lanka: World's Largest Star Sapphire Cluster Found In Backyard

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Sri Lanka: World's largest star sapphire cluster found in backyard​

By Anbarasan Ethirajan
BBC News

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Gemologist Gamini Zoysa analyses the star sapphire cluster
IMAGE COPYRIGHT MR GAMAGEimage caption Experts say the gemstone has an estimated value of up to $100 million

Sri Lankan authorities say the world's largest star sapphire cluster has been found in a backyard - by accident.

A gem trader said the stone was found by workmen digging a well in his home in the gem-rich Ratnapura area. Experts say the stone, which is pale blue in colour, has an estimated value of up to $100 million in the international market. The cluster weighs around 510 kilograms or 2.5 million carats and has been named the "Serendipity Sapphire".

"The person who was digging the well alerted us about some rare stones. Later we stumbled upon this huge specimen," Mr Gamage, the owner of the stone, told the BBC.m He did not want to give his full name or location for security reasons.

Mr Gamage, who is a third-generation gem trader, informed authorities about the find, but it took more than a year to clean the stone of mud and other impurities before they could analyse and certify it. During the cleaning process, Mr Gamage said some stones fell out of the cluster and they were found to be high quality star sapphires.

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Its worth whatever anyone is prepared to pay.

But its a grand rock, all the same.

`Serendipity`? I see what they did there...
 
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