This lovely Ceylon sapphire is a beautiful medium cornflower blue color–one of the most desirable hues for a sapphire. Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon) is famous for its gemstones, especially sapphires. The government has maintained regulation over mining to prevent large-scale environmentally destructive mining from occurring, encouraging small-scale artisanal mining. This sapphire was acquired in a parcel of mine-run alluvial sapphires from Sri Lanka, which I had heated and cut there.
The sapphire was faceted in a classic rectangle/oval cushion design in Sri Lanka. While not precision cut, the cutting is very good. The gem weighs 2.04 carats and measures 8.0 x 5.9 x 4.5 mm. It would make the perfect gem for a unique engagement ring!