GII Certified Burma Oval "Old Mine" Blue Sapphire 2.97 Carats 8.66x6.89x5.22mm
For a long while finding Burma (or Myanmar if you prefer) sapphires and ruby was a difficult provess in the US. Under the old junta in Burma, human rights converns had the ban the import of Ruby and Sapphire from Burma. That started to change as the military dictatorship left Burma and free elections were permitted (~2011), and the bans started to lift.
"While the Burma ruby is famed throughout the world as the finest of its kind the Burma sapphire has been ignominiously, but unjustly, dismissed as of poor quality. In actual fact nowhere in the world are such superb sapphires produced as in Burma.G.F. Herbert Smith, Gemstones, 1972"
This sapphire, and Indian dealer found on a trip to Burma and purchased the rough, and had his cutters cut it. As you can see from the photos and video, this sapphire shows a remarkable color and brilliance, almost appearing like the stone is lit up oon the inside and radiates out its color. The sapphire is heat treated and has been certified by the GII(Gemological Institute of India) as a natural sapphire.