Author Archives: Dr Shihaan Larif

Queen Marie of Romania’s Sapphire

Origin of name

The enormous 478.68-carat Sri Lankan blue sapphire gets its name from the onetime owner of the gemstone Queen Marie of Romania (1875-1938), queen consort of King Ferdinand of Romania (1865-1927). The King purchased the gemstone set as a drop to a…

Midnight Star Sapphire

Origin of name What inspired the name midnight ? ¬©AMNH New York City The Midnight Star Sapphire is a large deep purple-violet sapphire of Sri Lankan origin, belonging to the American Museum of Natural History, New York. It is not known exactly what property of the stone inspired the term “midnight” to refer to this […]

The Star Of Bombay

Origin of name Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s comments on the misnomer “Star of India” The “Star of Bombay” is a remarkable and splendid star sapphire owned by the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, which as the eminent Space Scientist and futurologist Sir Arthur C. Clarke said, had by some distressing impertinence […]

Star of Asia Sapphire

Origin of name

The name “Star of Asia Sapphire” seem to reflect both the type of gemstone, which is a star sapphire and the geographical region from where the gemstone originated, the Asian continent. In fact the stone is believed to have originated from…

Rare Gemstone Gallery 2

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The Rockefeller Sapphire

Origin of name

The Rockefeller Sapphire gets its name from the one time owner of this extraordinarily beautiful blue sapphire, John D. Rockefeller Jr. the only son of John D. Rockefeller Sr. the renowned American industrialist and philanthropist, who purchased the stone in 1934…

St. Edward’s Sapphire

Origin of name The St. Edward’s Sapphire gets its name from Edward the Confessor, the king of England from 1042 – 1066, in whose coronet or ring the fine blue, rose-cut gem was once mounted, and is presently set on the finial cross of the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain. Edward was well renowned […]

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