GREENLAND – Vancouver’s TRUE NORTH GEMS says it unearthed possibly the largest ruby in the northwestern hemisphere at its Fiskenaesset project in 2005. The gemstone weighed in at 440 ct in its rough state.
Canadian master gemstone carver Thomas McPhee was commissioned to carve the stone, the first ever Greenland ruby so worked. He spent more than 10 months intricately carving a scene of mermaids and fishermen into the stone. The finished carving weighs 302 ct and has been valued at approximately $500,000.
Photos of both the rough and finished carving may be viewed at www.TrueNorthGems.com.