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 Post subject: 1.8kg rough stone just found in a Cambodian mine, ruby?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:25 pm 
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I am in Cambodia and an acquaintance of mine told me that in his village a large single stone has been found and sent me some photos, he wants to sell it and I have little experience besides diamonds especially when looking at rough stones. They think it's a ruby so I found this forum and I hope you guys have a better idea of what it is and if it is worth anything.

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 Post subject: Re: 1.8kg rough stone just found in a Cambodian mine, ruby?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:58 pm 
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Very large rubies that are not gem quality are actually pretty common, so it is possible. A rule of thumb though is if you are not an expert in this kind of stone, stay away from it.

That said - I like the color, but not the transparency. It could be a ruby, but there isn't enough information given to really tell.


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Thank you do you know where can I find some guide that can help me with this stone? In Cambodia I don't know any proper gemologist and jewelry stores have no idea about rough stones.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:13 am 
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Yes, it looks like ruby, but as has been remarked, it isn't very transparent. It may be improvable with heat treatment but 1) that's a serious gamble and 2) heat treated rubies, whilst they look nice enough, sell at a serious discount. So, keep your money in your pocket unless it is 1) cheap and 2) you like a gamble.


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 Post subject: Re: 1.8kg rough stone just found in a Cambodian mine, ruby?
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Hi,

that is very interesting! I am in Cambodia and always on the lookout for new gem sources. Would you mind sharing the region in which this stone was found? I know it's an old post, but I hope that the right person will read this 8)


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