The stone, which is called Estrela de Fura (Star of Fury), weighed 101 carats in the rough. belongs to Fura, which according to Sotheby’s is the fastest growing colored gemstone mining company in the world. He was transferred for the first time in September in Dubai.
Ruby by BBC stations found last July by miners in a mine in Mozambique, Cabo Delgado province. It is one of the poorest regions of Mozambique, which has been struggling with an Islamist insurgency in recent years. This broke out, among other things, due to dissatisfaction caused by the lack of job opportunities that plagues the region rich in mineral resources.
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The Islamist militants who operate here are notorious for their brutality. Units of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which were deployed there at the request of the Mozambican government, were able to push them out of the major cities, but the Islamists still make smaller forays.
Sotheby’s auction house said part of the money raised in Thursday’s sale of Estrela de Fura will go towards enabling Fura to set up a school that will offer technical education in mining, agriculture or engineering.
Stones and carats
The weight of precious stones is given in carats, where a metric carat is defined as 0.2 grams.
So a ruby weighing one gram has five carats.
This unit of weight is historically derived from the weight of a locust bean seed.
Carob seeds, as the plant is officially called, were traditionally used in Arabia and Persia as weights to determine the weight of precious stones.
This is due to the fact that the size and weight of these seeds is relatively uniform and was commonly available in the said area.
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