A man takes pictures of the world's largest natural corundum blue sapphire, weighing 310 kilograms, which was found in a gem pit, at a private residence in Horana, Sri Lanka, December 12, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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Sri Lankan authorities unveiled the world’s largest stone of its kind, a 310-kilogram natural sapphire.

The iconic stone has been named the “Queen of Asia” and was discovered in a mine in the southern city of Ratnapura. This mine is renowned for unique diamond discoveries, uncovering the world’s largest cluster of stellar sapphires. 

The National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka has given a certificate to authenticate the gemstone as a corundum blue sapphire. However, it has not yet been internationally certified.

People inspect the blue sapphire, dubbed "Queen of Asia," in Horana, Sri Lanka.
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The country has a rich history of exporting gemstones and diamonds, with many rare and large gemstones having been found in Sri Lanka’s mineral rich soil. This stone we would love to see in the flesh!

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