NUNAVUT – Vancouver-based TRUE NORTH GEMS has announced the recovery of two large sapphires on a newly discovered Aqpik occurrence on Baffin Island. The largest stones recovered are 49.00- and 27.25-carat colourless rough. Both are gem grade and transparent. A total of 725 carats of gem and near-gem sapphire rough was recovered from approximately 1 kg of surface material.
The Aqpik occurrence is a lens less than 1.0 m in size, 145 metres south-southwest of True North’s original discovery at Beluga and was exposed in outcrop along the crest of Bowhead Ridge. The company says the Aqpik sapphires are notable for their transparency and bright vitreous lustre. They appear to be hosted by a unique type of sapphire mineralization, distinct from the Beluga-type mineralization found elsewhere on the property.
More information on True North’s hunt for sapphires, emeralds and rubies is available at www.TrueNorthGems.com.