Sri Lanka shows off the world’s rarest giant natural blue sapphire

A precious stone that is now called the world’s largest natural corundum blue sapphire has been kept for a show in Srilanka on December 12. As per reports, the sapphire, weighing 310 kilograms, was found in a gem pit about three months ago, Reuters reported.

The sapphire was found in the gem-rich Ratnapura area and the location is also famous for accidentally getting the world’s largest star sapphire cluster in a backyard earlier. However, some geologists are examining the newly found stone, according to them, it was one of the rarest gems in the world as it weighed more than 300 kilograms.

The blue sapphire was put on display at the home of one of the gem pit owners in Horana, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Colombo. Along with that, a group of Buddhist monks offered blessings for the gemstone before it was unveiled. 

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The Ratnapura, a city in Sri Lanka is also known as the gem capital of the South Asian country. The city is a leading exporter of sapphires and other precious gems. Last year, the country earned half a billion dollars from exports of gems, diamonds, and other jewelry, according to a local gem and jewelry company.