Gemfields local spots 753-carat sapphire
IT'S a story that has astounded even long-time locals.
A Gemfields local has spotted a 753-carat sapphire while specking (visually scanning the ground) on the weekend.
The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has had his 'Sapphire Princess' verified by a recognised valuer, but it's dollar value is still to be determined.
The blue-green treasure is larger than a golf ball and is believed to be the biggest sapphire found in the Gemfields in at least three years.
"This is an exciting find not just for the lucky fossicker but also for anyone thinking of heading out to the Sapphire Gemfields," Central Highlands Development Corporation tourism development officer Peter Grigg said.
"It goes to show that you can come to the largest sapphire gemfields in the southern hemisphere, explore and get your hands dirty, hopefully walk away with a fantastic memento."
Peter had the opportunity to view the find when he met it's new owner on the weekend.
"To the untrained eye it might just look like a simple rock, but knowing how many carats it weight makes it easy to be in awe," he said.
"It's also amazing how it was found. No digging, no panning, no shovelling. It was just picked up off the ground."