Sri Lankan authorities put on display what they said was the world’s largest natural corundum blue sapphire, which weighs 310 Kilograms (683 pounds).
The giant gem was found in a pit and was examined by local gemologists, and they said it was one of the rarest gems in the world as it weighed more than 300 kilograms (661 pounds).
The gem could be viewed at one of the gem pit owners in Horana, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Colombo. The Natural corundum blue sapphire was found in the Ratnapura in someone’s backyard by accident.
Ratnapura is considered 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.