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Courtesy of the KENTUCKY MONTHLY

Louis Scholz was strolling through a flea market one day when he spotted a woman’s pin in one of the cases. It was an oversized starfish with a cabochon sapphire at the end of each arm. Scholz recognized the piece as one designed by Suzanne Bell Perone and purchased it for just under $5,000. The original signed piece was actually worth $80,000.

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May/June 2009 issue of TRAVEL HOST

Have you ever seen a color change sapphire, one of the rarest of sapphires that mysteriously yet unmistakably turns from blue in outdoor light to violet under incandescent indoor light? What about a no-heat Burma ruby? You might not believe the intensity of Burmese rubies if you haven’t seen one.