Ophir Collection Announces Sale of World's Largest Sapphire
The world's largest faceted Sapphire, the Ophir Sapphire, weighing 31,308 carats, roughly the size of a dinner plate, recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest faceted Sapphire in the world and is now for sale.
All gemstones in the collection, with the exception of one, have been certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world's foremost authority on diamonds and colored stones.
GIA, and several other leading authorities on gemstone identification, were unable to identify one gemstone in the collection, suggesting that it is a new mineral. The Ophir Collection has named this unknown gemstone, the Ophir Mystique. The Ophir Mystique has the distinction of being both the largest - and possibly the only - specimen of its kind in the world.
Other highlights of the collection include the world's largest cut brown Sapphire, and the world's largest cut Tanzanite, both of which have been recognized by Guinness World Records. While several gems in the collection are familiar, such as Sapphire, Tanzanite, and Ruby, the Ophir Collection also contains numerous gemstones that are far scarcer; many of which, according to several leading authorities, such as Discovery.com, are listed among the Top 10 World's Rarest And Most Valuable Gemstones.
For several of the Ophir gems, there are only a handful of specimens known to exist. One such gemstone is the extremely scarce Musgravite. Described by GIA as a rarity among the rare, the Ophir Collection encompasses the three largest cut Musgravite gemstones in the world. In addition, the collection also contains extremely rare and valuable gemstones such as Grandidierite, Serendibite, Painite, and Jadeite Jade, many of which are among the rarest and most valuable in the world.
The entire collection can be viewed online at OphirCollection.com.
Learn more about the Ophir Collection by following on Twitter @OphirCollection or by visiting the collection on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/theOphirCollection.
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