Photographic & Video Logs of

Log of FSC437 on completion of cutting
Cut Shape : Matched Pairs


Video Log of FSC437 on completion of cutting

HD VIDEO taken in Natural North Daylight (approx 5500 Kelvin). This movie has been professionally videoed and is of the actual piece represented.
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Log of FSC437 in its rough state

Rough Image

ID # FSC437

Geological History

The Northern Frontier District (or NFD) of Kenya is a hot, dusty barren wilderness sparsely populated by nomadic tribesmen. It is here, among the short scrub and rock that these lovely Fancy Yellow Sapphire crystals were found in an area called Garba Tulla. They were mined very recently, but began growing as crystals several hundred million years ago due to a process called metamorphism. As magma pushed its way up through the existing rock the contact between the invading magma and the older rock caused a change to occur. The intense heat made the nearby minerals recrystallize into minerals stable at the higher temperature. These fancy sapphires were among these. They were unearthed only months ago after so many millions of years and brought to Nairobi- the gem dealing capital of East Africa. Here, they were presented among a parcel of similar crystals in the offices of Lapigems Gem Company. After negotiation, they were bought and cut by our Master Cutter. A journey of hundreds of millions of years has ended here.

Gemstone Reports And Certification

This gemstone has several reports prepared for it by a GIA Gemologist and these reports are shipped with it.

Gemstone Grading Certificate

This certificate is a full and detailed grading report utilizing the Gemological Institute of America Grading system.

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Mining & Geology Report

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This report has been prepared by a GIA Gemologist at Lapigems Gem Company. All gemological tests were performed using current techniques and using current gemological equipment. The gemstone here reported is certified and this report, combined with the printed photo-certificate constitutes a thorough certification of this gemstone from mine to private owner.

Private Ownership Registration
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Quality Report

Color - 4
Clarity - 4
Cut - 4
Rarity - 4

How are these quality allocations reached?

Color Clarity Cut Rarity

Gemstone Grading Report

The gemstone here described has been identified as a natural gemstone and has the following description :

Description : Faceted African Fancy Sapphire
Weight : 2.8 carats
Shape : Matched Pairs
GIA Color Grade : vslgY 4/4more info
GIA Clarity Grade : VVSmore info
Species : Corundum
Variety : Fancy Sapphire
Refractive Index : 1.762
Cause of Color : Iron
Specific Gravity : 3.95
Optic Character : DR Unixial -
Crystal System : Trigonal
Treatments : None
Country of Origin : Kenya, East Africa

Mining Report

Date Mined : 14th August, 2019
Mining Location : Garbatula, NFD, Kenya
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Type of Source : Primary
Mining Method : Open Cast
Host Rock : Basalt
Chemical Composition of rough : Aluminium Oxide

Gemological Testing Methodology

Gemological Tests performed on this gemstone by a GIA Gemologist include but are not limited to:

Refractive Index, Specific Gravity, Pleochroism, Polariscope to ascertain Optic Character, Spectroscope to ascertain spectrum, Magnification with GIA Microscope using darkfield lighting, Chelsea Filter, Ultraviolet Flourescence.

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