November 13, 1986 |
--To the rock hound who found it, the dirty, potato-sized stone wasn't very attractive so it was offhandedly included in a grab bag of items for sale at a Tucson gem and mineral show. But to Texas gemstone broker Roy Whetstine, the lavender-colored rock was a diamond in the rough. Borrowing $5 from his son, Johnathan, and $5 from his other son, Stephen, Whetstine hurriedly purchased the 1,905-carat stone. An appraisal confirmed his remarkable find of a star sapphire worth $2.