The property hosts numerous occurrences of sapphire (15), iolite
or gem-cordierite (11), gemstone quality garnet (2), as well as a flake graphite deposit; other minerals include aquamarine (beryl), tourmaline, titanite, moonstone and several varieties of quartz crystals.
Bulk sampling of the numerous showings of sapphire, iolite
Recommended exploration includes bulk sampling of the star-sapphire, iolite
and garnet occurrences while sourcing gemstone recovery methods to determine the most effective method of gem extraction from the mineralized rock.
A budget has been set by Hampton Court and Anglo Swiss for $300,000 for continued exploration, bulk sampling of the star-sapphire, iolite
and garnet occurrences and sourcing gemstone recovery methods to determine the most effective method of gem extraction from the mineralized rock.
The Blu Starr Gemstone property to-date has yielded numerous precious and semi-precious gemstones including star-sapphire, iolite
, garnet, aquamarine, beryl, tourmaline, titanite, moonstone and several varieties of smoky, rose and star quartz.
The new sapphire and iolite outcrops have expanded the breadth of the known gemstone occurrences and the new garnet showings outcrop in a previously unexplored area.
An independent team conducted near surface mapping and sampling of the gravels to identify the presence of sapphire, iolite and garnet.
The Company wishes to emphasize that, although the Blu Starr property has demonstrated the potential to host gem-quality sapphire, iolite and garnet, the property is at an early stage of evaluation and considerable studies of the mineralized areas and the production and recovery process remain to be completed.
The evaluation by David Barclay as to the size and potential of the iolite showings was not based on any geological assessments or drill programs.
The Gemological Institute of America (the official nonprofit educational organization for the jewelry industry), in their "Gems & Gemology," addressed the significance of Anglo's iolite
, garnet, star-sapphire, etc.
Gemstones discovered to-date include numerous showings containing star sapphire, iolite
, garnet, aquamarine, titanite, moonstone and several varieties of quartz crystals plus a recent discovery of a large mineralized area containing showings of crystalined graphite.
One stunning set of earrings features a pair of brilliant cut iolite
gemstones (total weight = 4.