Extraordinary sapphire found near Emerald



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 several years. 

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.

 

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