This sapphire crystal is from the Wood Creek Mine in Canton, Haywood County, North Carolina, USA. Sapphires from this mine are found in alluvial deposits from eroded seyanite pegmatites in the area. The pegmatites are primarily made up of feldspar, quartz and mica. However other accessory minerals including blue and pink sapphires are found there. This specimen has an uncommon (for the locale) tapered morphology with an elongated cross-section. Photo 5 shows the base cross-section. This piece measures 1 7/16 x 1 1/4 x 11/16 inches or 37 x 32 x 18 mm. It weighs 175 carats.