WHY IN THE NEWS?
The world’s largest star sapphire cluster has been found by accident in a backyard in Sri Lanka. The newly found rock is named the ‘Serendipity Sapphire’.
Discovery of largest star sapphire:
During the cleaning process of the cluster, a few stones fell out and were found to be of high-quality star sapphires, a pale blue in colour.
The experts, however, have warned that though the specimen found has a high carat value of 2.5 million, it is a probability that all the stones inside the found cluster may not be of high quality.
A renowned gemologist, Dr. Gamini Zoysa, said that he has never seen such a large specimen before and that this was probably formed before 400 million years ago.
What will happen to the newfound Star Sapphire Cluster?
The official of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka said that it is a special Star Sapphire specimen, probably the biggest in the world.
Given the size and the value of the Sapphire, it might be of interest to private collectors or museums.
About Star Sapphire:
A Star Sapphire is a type of sapphire that exhibits a star-like phenomenon called asterism.
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