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Discovering the Presidents Heads: Sapphire Treasures in Rubyvale

In the heart of Rubyvale, Australia, a unique combination of art and history comes to life with the Presidents Heads sculptures. This quaint town, known for its rich deposits of sapphires, offers visitors a glimpse into both its mineral wealth and artistic prowess.

During my recent trip to Australia to research my new book aimed at tourists, I was treated to a private view of Mr Richardson’s famous, world-record breaking sapphires in Anakie; a small area of Gemfields, one of the world’s most significant sapphire bearing grounds. However, if you think Mr Richardson’s 200-carat sapphire is amazing, take a look at these – the President's Heads!

President's Heads |

President's Heads: A Marvel of Craftsmanship

These four huge black star sapphires were found in Rubyvale and then skillfully cut into the shape of 4 United States presidents: Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, and Eisenhower. The 4 sapphires' rough carat weights (before being cut) were 2302, 1997, 1743, and 2097. Pretty impressive, hey! The artistry involved in transforming these rough sapphires into intricate likenesses of these historical figures is truly remarkable.

The Intersection of Art and Gemstones: Rubyvale's Sapphires and Presidents Heads

The carving of such significant gemstones into these iconic shapes not only demonstrates the incredible skill of the gem cutters but also highlights the deep respect and admiration for these former U.S. leaders. These pieces reflect a blend of historical appreciation and gemstone artistry, making them unique treasures in the world of gemmology.

From Discovery to Exhibition

While these impressive sapphires were discovered in Rubyvale, their journey didn’t end there. They are now housed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, a testament to their cultural and historical significance. This transition from the Gemfields of Australia to one of the most prestigious museums in the world underscores the global appreciation of these gem artworks.

For gemstone enthusiasts and history buffs alike, the President's Heads offer a fascinating intersection of natural beauty and human achievement. It’s a perfect example of how our natural resources can be transformed into educational and inspirational exhibits.

Plan Your Visit

A visit to Rubyvale isn't complete without exploring both the President's Heads and the surrounding sapphire fields. The town offers guided tours that delve into the history of the sculptures and the mining of its famous sapphires.

Conclusion Visiting the President's Heads can be a unique educational experience, offering insights into both U.S. history and the field of gemmology.

For more fascinating reads about unique gemstones and their intriguing stories, be sure to follow my journey on Gemstone Detective.

Kim Rix GG GIA

Gemstone Detective

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Credit and thanks to M&M Sapphires for the use of their image.

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