Man from Fiľakovo finds the biggest Slovak sapphire in basalt

Hajáčka quarry is a discovery site of European significance.

Štefan Farsang (left) and Ladislav Oravec (right)Štefan Farsang (left) and Ladislav Oravec (right) (Source: Marcela Ballová)

Mining in Slovakia went silent years ago, but the small hammers of mineralogists from various corners of Slovakia or beyond the borders keep striking.

The quarry near Hajnáčka and Gemerský Jablonec was a lucky place for Ladislav Oravec from nearby Fiľakovo, regional daily My Novohrad reported.

Four years ago, he was happy about the discovery of the biggest sapphire in basalt in Slovakia. He called a blue gemstone of 1.43 centimetres King but he did not conceal his ambitions of locating an even bigger gem. “That will be an Emperor,” Oravec joked.

Unique finding

He had to be patient, but success eventually came. On Sunday, June 26, he was on the way to the quarry. This time, with Štefan Farsang, postgrad of Cambridge University and a native of Rimavská Sobota.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Better times ahead for the Calvary in Bratislava

The last preserved station was restored this summer.

The last preserved station of the Stations of the Cross in Bratislava

Why you need to buy a belt

On this Black Friday, with society teetering on the brink of chaos, I ask that we all do our part.

Roundup: Bratislava’s Old Market Hall hosts Christmas markets

If you have not watched the 'Dracula' miniseries, filmed in Slovakia last year, it is about time.

Bratislava’s Old Market Hall will provide visitors with Christmas vibes in the coming four weeks. Each week, from Wednesday to Saturday, people can do a little bit of Christmas shopping at the venue.

Fico admits to ties with Bödör

Former prime minister stands by his praise for the state secretary who confessed to corruption and court interference.

Robert Fico during his November 26 press conference.