The Star of Adam: World's Largest Blue Star Sapphire January 05 2016
The unearthing of the world’s largest blue star sapphire is indeed exciting news for all of us in the gem industry. The fact that it was mined in the city of Ratnapura, ‘the City of Gems’ in Sri Lanka makes it that much more exhilarating as it goes to show how resourceful this beautiful island nation is.
Sri Lanka continues to be one of the world’s rarest places being blessed by these large and natural gemstones.
This finding is exemplary of Sri Lanka’s continuing success in presenting the finest gems the world has ever seen and is bound to attract an increasing amount of interest and investment to protect and sustain this precious industry.
This sapphire has been named, ‘the Star of Adam’, by its anonymous owner and has an astounding weight of 1,404.49 carats. The name originated from a local belief that Adam descended to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) after he was sent away from the Garden of Eden. The mountain in which he rested is claimed to be Adam’s Peak which is located near the northeastern section of the Ratnapura district.
An extensive analysis conducted by the Gemological Institute of Colombo has confirmed that this sapphire is indeed the largest blue star sapphire in the world and has given an intrinsic value of at least $100 million.
The owner suggests that its value could soar up to $175 million if it is auctioned. Either way, this gemstone, which can be cupped with two hands, is of incredible value both monetarily and nationally given the pride and awe it gives to all Sri Lankan nationals.
The Star of Adam has a lush blue hue and is marked with 6 stunning rays created by a natural phenomenon known as optical asterism. It was considered more of an ‘exhibition piece’ than jewelry by its current owner but its current state and future endeavors remain beyond the limelight.
Star sapphires have continued to spark awe in the eyes of many for generations, and this gemstone will continue to lay down its legacy for many more to come.