Author Archives: Dr Shihaan Larif

Navaratna Rings, Gemstones ,Jewelry ,News

This article is reproduced with kind permission from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority. There are three main ways in which gems can be used -firstly as body ornaments, or to show rank and status and secondly, as a symbol of wealth.Thirdly- depending on ones superstitious beliefs -to bring blessings and good fortune ; to […]

Gemstone Identification Technology|Quartz Properties|Gem Industry in Ancient Sri Lanka

This Article is Reproduced with kind permission from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority Editorial It is encouraging to note that the gem and jewellery sector has recorded an overall growth of US$87.6 Million during the first 2 months of 2008 in comparison with the corresponding figure of 2007. The National Gem and Jewellery Authority’s […]

World’s Largest Star Rose Quartz – Michael Scott Collection

Origin of name The Michael Scott Collection, arguably the most important private gem collection in the United States, with a few rivals in the world outside of the royal families, was started by Michael Scott, the first president of Apple Computer (1977-81), in 1987 and almost completed within a record-breaking period of 14 years. The […]

List of faceted rubies greater than 10-carats in weight

List of gem-quality faceted rubies greater than 10-carats in weight arranged in descending order of weights S/N Name Carat Weight Origin Cut-Shape Present Owner 1 Prince’s Ruby 174.67 unknown unknown Bowers Museum 2 Rosser Reeves 138.70 Sri Lanka cabochon star NMNH Smithsonian 3 DeLong Star 100.32 Burma cabochon star AMNH New York 4 Nga Mauk […]

Chhatrapati Manik Ruby

Origin of name The “Chhatrapati Manik Ruby” which according to legend is one of the oldest rubies in the world dating back to 380-415 AD, the period of rule of the powerful emperor of northern India, Candragupta II, also known as Vikramaditya (son of valour), gets its name from the title “Chhatrapati” (supreme king), which […]

Alan Caplan Ruby – Mogok Ruby

Origin of name “Alan Caplan Ruby” also known as the “Mogok Ruby” gets its name from Alan Caplan the famous geologist and mineralogist and also mineral and gemstone dealer who acquired the stone while on a trip to Burma in the 1960s or 1970s. The ruby remained in his collection until 1988, when it was […]

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