World’s biggest blue sapphire found in Sri Lanka – by Sulochana Ramiah Mohan (Ceylon Today – January 3, 2016)

News broke in Sri Lanka on New Year’s Day, of the discovery of the world’s largest known Blue Star Sapphire valued at a stunning US$ 100 million and hitting the scales at an incredible 1404.49 carats.

The news spread like wild fire from Ratnapura, the City of Gems, where the stunning sapphire that has been named…… ‘The Star of Adam’ has dwarfed the next largest Blue Star Sapphire, a 1395 carat beauty on its own merit, once owned by the Guruge Brothers, but with its present ownership yet unknown.

The US$ 100 million cabochon-cut star sapphire flaunts a distinctly unique six-rayed beauty and is believed to have been mined at an undisclosed site, around August last year, between Ratnapura and Hatton, before it was sold to its current owner.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity the new owner of the stone said he bought it but never knew it would turn out to be the biggest star blue sapphire in the world.

He said the largest cut and polished blue star sapphire stone is in fact priceless, beyond the estimated US$ 100 million, and could only be sold to the highest bidder above that value.

The authentication certificate obtained from the Gemology Institute of Colombo describes it as a 1404.49 carat star blue sapphire with a special note that it is the largest of its kind in the world.

The proud but nervous owner of the stone said “when I purchased it many said I had paid an inordinately high price for it and should have settled for a sum at least 20 per cent below the price I paid.”

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