Bluish Violet Sapphire 12.03 carats
I was traveling in Thailand, through Bangkok and Chanthaburi with my friend Terry He was carrying this beautiful natural sapphire in his pocket, saying that this was possibly a Burmese sapphire and very valuable. Not a day passed that I didn’t ask him to sell it to me and he always avoided the question. On the way back to Bangkok I finally said, “Terry we are leaving in a few days and I want your sapphire, just give me the price, please” – still no answer. He just wanted to know the geographic origin of this beautiful sapphire. The next day we went to the GIA Bangkok head office and we were greeted by an American who had just written a book about gemstones The book was almost a foot thick and Terry and he were long-time friends and they talked a lot about gems. Terry left the stone to be examined and because of their friendship, it was done in the next day or so. In the mean time, back at the hotel, Terry finally agreed to sell me the stone.
We went to get the certificate next day and when he saw the report and it had no geographic origin, he was extremely disappointed. His friend apologised and said, “sorry Terry but we chatted so much that you forgot to ask for it, but we can do it for you in a few days”. The only problem was that the stone was now mine and I had to go back to US the next day. The geographic origin report was never done because I also forgot to do one while living in New York. Now we do know that this natural sapphire has a beautiful bluish violet color changing to purple, and that it is not heated, but we do not know where it comes from. Perhaps the next owner will find out.
Weight: 12.03 carats
Measurements: 12.55 x 9.76 x 9.85 mm
GIA report #: 2131078109 – GIA Bangkok