Big Sapphire from Sri Lanka – level 3

28-11-2017 15:00

Sri Lanka is famous for its precious stones, and the biggest blue star sapphire yet has been found recently. It weighs an incredible 1404.49 carats (281 grams) and the current owner, who remained anonymous for safety reasons, claims that it could sell for up to 175 million dollars at auction.

The gem’s name is Sapphire the Star of Adam, after a Muslim belief that Adam came from the Garden of Eden and arrived in Sri Lanka, where the tears that he shed while seeking God’s forgiveness turned into gems.

Difficult words: star sapphire (a sapphire which reflects a star-like image), claim (when people say something that may or may not be true), shed (let drop).

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