Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Beluga Sapphire

Sapphire gemstones from Beluga Pit, Baffin Island, Nunavut (0.31, 0.66, 0.30 ct)
In 2002, gemmy blue sapphire was discovered in the Canadian Arctic on Baffin Island, Nunavut. It is one of the most significant gem finds ever made in Canada. Baffin Island sapphire occurs within lenses of calc-silicate minerals within a marble unit in a series of metasedimentary rocks nearly 2 billion years old.

Queen Elizabeth II's Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch.
Beluga sapphires are typically a striking blue, but are sometimes yellow or colourless.

The Queen's Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch consists of 48 Beluga sapphires, along with 400 diamonds from Canada, all set in Canadian white gold. The Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, presented The Queen with the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch Jul 19, 2017 on her 65th anniversary as regent.