Extraordinary sapphire found near
A local fossicker in the Central
Highlands Gemfields near Emerald caused a major sensation back in February when
he specked a 753-carat sapphire.
The finder, who wished to remain
anonymous, named his stone the ‘Sapphire Princess’ and had it verified by a recognised
valuer though its dollar value was a matter of educated guesswork.
The blue-green treasure is larger than a
golf ball and is believed to be the biggest sapphire found in the gemfields for
Central Highlands Development
Corporation (CHDC) Tourism Development Officer, Peter Grigg, said it was an
exciting find not just for the lucky fossicker but also for anyone thinking of
heading out to the sapphire gemfields.
“It goes to show that you can come to the
largest sapphire gemfields in the Southern Hemisphere, explore and get your
hands dirty, and hopefully walk away with a fantastic memento,” he said.