Blue Giant of the Orient
Record: The Largest Faceted Blue Sapphire In The World
In 1907, a remarkable huge blue sapphire was discovered near Adams Peak, Sri Lanka. This was a huge deal, as blue is one of the rarest colors of sapphire on the planet. The sapphire was subsequently cut and polished into the Blue Giant of the Orient. At the time, it was reported to weigh 466 carats, and became the largest-faceted blue sapphire in the world.
The Blue Giant of the Orient is a cushion-cut, intense medium-blue color sapphire that has full color saturation. The gem displays a strong orange-red fluorescence in ultra-violet light. In 1907, the sapphire was valued at £7,000. It was sold to an anonymous American collector and the whereabouts of the gem were unknown until 2004, when an enormous blue sapphire appeared at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale held on May 19th, 2004, at Geneva, Switzerland. The jewel was not advertised as the Blue Giant of the Orient, but the size, cut, and color were similar, and it is thought to be the same gem. The jewel in the auction was 486.52 carats, and became the largest faceted sapphire of quality ever offered at auction.
Amazingly, the Blue Giant of the Orient did not sell, but was eventually purchased by an anonymous buyer for an incredibly paltry $1 million. The entire sale was suspicious, because of the secrecy and connection to the Blue Giant.