This article was published in thejakartapost.com with the title “Sri Lanka shows off giant natural blue sapphire”. Link: https://www.thejakartapost.com/culture/2021/12/13/sri-lanka-shows-off-giant-natural-blue-sapphire.html.
The stone was found in the gem-rich Ratnapura area where local people had previously found the world’s largest star sapphire cluster in a backyard by accident Ratnapura is known as the gem capital of the South Asian country, which is a leading exporter of sapphires and other precious gems. The country earned around half a billion dollars through the export of gems, diamonds and other jewelry last year, the local gems and jewelry industry body has reported. (Reporting by Uditha Jayasinghe in Colombo, Editing by Rupam Jain and Jane Merriman)