Two Gems, Two Origins, One Touch
Posted on February 18 2016
Far in the magic land of Sri Lanka, the lavish jungle and sunlit waterfalls give birth to the world’s most vibrant gemstones. South-eastwards from Colombo, a vigorous motorcycle ride takes you through the National Park and Buttala area up to the secret spot of Okkampitiya. You walk up the hill and hold your breath, as you view a verdant valley beneath your feet with hundreds of elephants roaming their way to the riverbank. Down in that river, a glowing piece of rough red spinel 30.39 carats was found in the first week of 2016. With all Ceylon spinels typically lacking pure redness, this crystal was perhaps the reddest one ever seen.
Mr Yavorskyy was the first to be informed of the discovery. He told the lucky finders that he wanted the stone right away, since in two days he would be leaving for America. Another month of waiting to see a unique rough is too big a challenge for the devoted artist. Without any hesitation, the stone was delivered from Sri Lanka to Bangkok on the very next day to be held tight in the hands of the Master.
Some two months before that, a similar story had happened to a magnificent crystal of blue sapphire weighing tremendous 52.28 carats. The only difference is that the stone was born in the rocks of Myanmar – the Promised Land for gem seekers, and the Master took hold of the find right on spot, under the magic Burmese light, which makes gemstones particularly irresistible.
Thorough consideration and meditation over the rough piece is essential before cutting each important stone. The new red spinel and blue sapphire came as no exception, taking their fair time to be studied, pre-shaped, grinded, and finally cut. In their rough state both stones already enjoyed vivid color, remarkable clarity and spectacular crystal. In order to further unveil the strength of brilliance and the uniqueness of color – and above all to indulge in the delight of lapidary process – both stones were fashioned into classic step-cut geometrical icons.Meet the new masterpieces of gem-cutting art: 14.73 ct Yavorskyy-cut spinel from Sri Lanka, glowing its bittersweet red passion. 21.71 ct kite-shaped sapphire from Burma, glittering like steel in its ice-cold blue.