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4 Presidents Heads carved in Rubyvale

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Have you heard of the Presidents Heads? If you love your sapphires, you might like to read on.

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 Presidents Heads!

President's Heads |

These four huge black star sapphires were found in Rubyvale and then skilfully 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, 2097. Pretty impressive hey!

Sadly, they are not exhibited in their place of discovery – if you want to see them, you will have to visit the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.  Visiting the presidents’ heads in Washington is definitely something I’m keen to do in the future – everyone I met spoke about them!

I will in the USA in January 2019, to research buying gemstones and jewellery in USA, as part of the growing Gemstone Detective series. So, perhaps I will make a trip see the Presidents Heads when I am there. Fingers crossed.


If you stay tuned to my blog, or my Facebook page called Gemstone Detective or Instagram, I’ll keep you updated – you’ll be able to follow my travels and photography from wherever I am in the world, as I research the information that tourists need to know about the trade.

With only just over a month to the launch of the first book, being held at the Sri Lanka Embassy in London (4th October, 2018), I will write my next blog and social media about buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Sri Lanka. I’ve created a gallery of photos from Sri Lanka, to give you a taster.

Kim Rix – Gemstone Detective

Be sure. Be smart. Buy with confidence

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

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