Sakina Fatima | 26 September 2022 –
The rough stone was discovered in the small village of Hyderabad, Pakistan, bordering Iran and Afghanistan.
[This feature highlights an opaque purple-red corundum. While purple-red corundum can be labeled “ruby,” we want our readers to understand that this particular find is not transparent gem quality ruby. This is ornamental ruby, material that is commonly carved for ornamental pieces, such as candle sticks, chess sets, art objects, and the like. – GR]
A rare 5,010-carat gem-quality rough ruby was unveiled in Dubai on Thursday evening, local media reported on Saturday.
The 5,010-carat stone – nicknamed Malak weighs one kilogram.
It is deep purple in colour and bigger than the palm of a hand and made its debut for a private viewing in Dubai.
As per media reports, the certificate of authenticity was issued by the international gem and jewellery testing laboratory, in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India.
[Please note that other news outlets have reported on this, giving unrealistic values by comparing this material to transparent gem quality ruby. This article refrains from that style of reporting. Many thanks to Sakina Fatima for her straight forward feature. – GR]