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Carved sapphire turtle presented to capital

A sapphire turtle made by the DOJI Gold and Gems Group was presented to the Hanoi People's Committee as a gift for the city's 1,000th anniversary on October 3.

The Giant Precious Sapphire Turtle has spiritual meaning as a symbol of longevity and peace, said DOJI general director Do Minh Phu.

Its natural blue and reddish brown colours give it a unique beauty, he said.

The two-tonne turtle is made from a monolithic sapphire, and took artisans 200 days to complete.

Legend says a turtle helped King An Duong Vuong build Co Loa Citadel in the 3rd century BC while King Le Thai To (1385-1433) returned a precious sword to a tortoise in Hoan Kiem or "Returned Sword" Lake after using it to defeat invaders.

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