The largest single natural corundum as a single crystal (Blue Sapphire) in the world has been found in Sri Lanka.
With a weight of around 310 kilograms (1,550,000 carats), it has been named as the ‘Queen of Asia’. The National Gem and Jewellery Authority says that the gemstone had been discovered in the Batugedara area and that it belongs to the Gemological Institute and Research Private Limited.
The ‘Queen of Asia’ is currently located in Horana and was displayed to the media for the first time yesterday (12). It is reported that a Saudi Arabian Company has presented a bid of USD one million for the ‘Queen of Asia’.
The National Gem and Jewellery Authority has inspected the gemstone and a certificate has also been issued.