ANDREWS, N.C. — The world`s largest cut sapphire was put on public display Saturday by the man who found it 18 years ago and kept it under his bed, not realizing its value. Rob Cutshaw said he found the 2,111-carat blue sapphire in 1969 but refused to say where, except that it was near Andrews…
For years Cutshaw kept the stone under his bed, then in a box…Cutshaw contacted gemcutter John Robinson in Plano, Texas, to cut and polish the stone. The 2 1/2-pound stone yielded a 2,111-carat sapphire. The 1987 Guinness Book of World Records lists a 2,302-carat sapphire in Australia but it was cut down to a 1,318-carat gem.
On the fourth day of cutting, Robinson discovered a rare pattern that formed a Star of David in the main crystal. Cutshaw said it is one of a kind.
“I felt like God`s got a hand on it, or there wouldn`t have been that Star of David,“ Cutshaw said. Cutshaw has big plans for proceeds from the sale.
“I`d like to help people here,“ he said. “Create some jobs. People have been so nice.“
– Sapphire Comes Out Of Closet, April 12, 1987 | United Press International, Sun-sentinel.com
A rock hound named Rob Cutshaw owns a little roadside shop outside Andrews, North Carolina…While on a dig twenty years ago, Rob found a rock he described as “purdy and big.” He tried unsuccessfully to sell the specimen, and according to the Constitution, kept the rock under his bed or in his closet. He guessed the blue chunk could bring as much as $500 dollars, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill.
That’s how close Rob came to hawking for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found. The blue rock that Rob had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades ago—now known as “The Star of David” sapphire—weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million.
– Star of David, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 17, 1987 edition, Bible.org