Ophir Gem Collection Achieves Nine Guinness World Records
Nine gems from the Ophir Collection of Impressively Large and Unusual Gem Specimens have been recognized by Guinness World Records for being the largest faceted gemstones in their class. The most valuable of the nine include a 31,308-carat oval blue sapphire, a 5,905-carat brown sapphire, and a 508.06-carat tanzanite.
The Delaware, New Jersey based collection also boasts record holders of a 65.22-carat serendibite, 23.66-carat hibonite, 15.43-carat neputnite, 22.64-carat musgravite, 25.92-carat painite, and 4.32-carat grandidierite. Representatives from Ophir Collection LLC have estimated that some of the minerals could be “worth upwards of $2 million per carat” – a tall order since the world record price paid for a colored diamond at auction is $2.4 million per carat. Sold for $35.5 million at Christie’s in 2013, “The Orange” is a 14.82-carat fancy vivid orange diamond and the largest of its kind ever graded by the GIA.
Out of the 40 different specimens that make up the collection, perhaps the rarest of all will turn out to be a gem dubbed ‘The Ophir Mystique’: a 27.66-carat dark green stone with bright orange veins running throughout. All of the other minerals have been positively identified and certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), but this curious oval shaped stone has yet to yield a positive ID. If further laboratory tests do not reach a conclusion, it may signify the discovery of a brand new mineral.
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