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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

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Rare gemstone collection enters Guinness World Records

AsiaOne | Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

The Ophir Collection, which contains the world's largest gemstones, has been awarded nine Guinness World Records titles. 

Owned by Ophir Collection LLC, there are a total of 40 rare and exquisite gemstones in the collection. The majority of which are the largest known specimens of their kind in the world.

All gemstones in the collection have been certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), one of the world's most recognised authority on diamonds and coloured stones, with the exception of one. GIA believes that it is a new mineral.

The Ophir Collection has named this unknown gemstone, the Ophir Mystique. The Ophir Mystique has the distinction of being both the largest - and possibly the only - specimen of its kind in the world.

Within the collection, some highlights are the world's largest cut brown Sapphire, the world's largest cut Tanzanite and the world's largest faceted Sapphire, named the Ophir Sapphire. The Ophir Sapphire is an extraordinary blue gemstone that is the size of a dinner plate. All three of these gemstones have been recognised by Guinness World Records.

According to GlobeNewswire, there are only a handful of several specimens of the Ophir gems known to exist; one is the extremely scarce Musgravite, described by GIA as "a rarity among the rare". The Ophir Collection encompasses the three largest cut Musgravite gemstones in the world.

One of the rarest gems on Earth, as described by GIA, Hibonite is a virtually unknown gemstone; only a few cut specimens are known to exist. The world's largest cut Hibonite, and the world's largest faceted Hibonite, are both part of the Ophir collection.

Within the collection are also extremely rare and valuable gemstones such as Grandidierite, Serendibite, Painite, and Jadeite Jade, many of which are among the rarest and most valuable in the world.

A faceted Neptunite is so uncommon that GIA featured the Ophir Neptunite in an article published in 2013. According to GIA, at the time of publication, the Ophir Neptunite is believed to be the first and only faceted Neptunite examined by the laboratory.

The entire collection can be viewed online at OphirCollection.com.

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