Largest Blue Star Sapphire in the world was Mined in Sri Lanka.
Gemologists in Sri Lanka claim that the largest blue star sapphire yet has been discovered in a mine in the country.
Colombo gemology institute had confirmed that they had certified a Blue Star Sapphire gem stone weighing 1404.49 carats and said they have not certified anything larger, from the mines of Sri Lanka. The Sapphire under the light shows perfect rays like from a star.
The stone was mined in the popular mining town Ratnapura in Sri Lanka. It is valued at at least $100m and the current owner expects that it can fetch $175m at any auction. According to the owner it was very confidential as how much he had paid for the 1404.49 carats stone.
The current owner had named it The Star of Adam as per the Muslim belief that Adam had arrived in Sri Lanka and lived on the slopes of a mountain which is now known as Adam’s Peak, after he was sent away from the Garden of Eden.
Star of Adam, bought it thinking it is not to be set on jewellery. But will remain as an exhibition piece.
In addition, Sri Lanka is popular for its Gem stones from the ancient times. Additionally Sri Lanka export large quantities of Gem stones to the USA and other European countries along with Japan. Further more, raw gem stones are prohibited to export from Sri Lanka. After that, Srilanka Gem authorities Govern the industry through its board and the government timely check in to its activities and used to guide it. In Colombo alone there are lot of foreign and local Gem Testing, valuation and certification providing companies are located here. Ratnapura is the town for large scale gem mining operations in Sri Lanka.
Source: Africa Gems.