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Star Of India

The  Star  of  India  is  said  to  be  the  largest  and most famous Sapphire in the world! It was  discovered in Ceylon in the early 1700’s and is believed to have formed over a billion years ago.  Its home is now in the New York Museum of  Natural  History:  it  was  presented  to  them  by  the financier J.P Morgan in 1900. In appearance  the Star of India looks quite milky. It receives  its star effect (also known as aterism) from the  presence of tiny rutile inclusions which all run  parallel to one another within the gemstone. The  gem weighs a huge 563cts and is similar in size  to a ping pong ball.

Like many of the world’s famous Diamonds, this  Sapphire is surrounded by scandal. In 1964 the  Star of India was the object of a famous burglary  when it was stolen by Jack Murphy (also known  as ‘Murph the Surf’). Although he was arrested  within a few days, the Sapphire wasn’t recovered  for several months and was allegedly discovered  in a locker in a Miami bus station.

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