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  • Catalogue Essay

    Corundum, particularly blue sapphire, were mined and traded as early as 300 BC for its covetable colour and remarkable size. Indeed, many of the most beautiful translucent blue gems of significant sizes originated from Sri Lanka, such as the 423-carat Logan Sapphire on display in the Smithsonian Institution, as well as the recently certified 331-carat treasure once owned by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia.
    In October 2003, blue sapphire was declared the national gemstone of Sri Lanka, a nod to the significance of this gemstone in the history and culture of the country. The finest Sri Lankan specimen glows with a medium to bright blue colour, sometimes with a tint of purple. Prized also by connoisseurs for exceptional clarity which affords them a vivid and arresting charm, the most superb Sri Lankan sapphires possess a saturation that is comparable to that of a Burmese specimen, nonetheless a lot cleaner, and more impressive in size. However, like sapphires from other existing origins, over 90% of the Sri Lankan blue corundums are subjected to heat treatment --- the rarity of unheated natural sapphires requires no further explanation. In truth, superior unheated Sri Lankan sapphires are highly collectible and extremely hard to come by in the market. This is a known fact that no aficionado would deny.
    In this sale, we are proud to offer exceptional samples of these rare azure treasures for the absolute sapphire-lovers. Designed as a ring deluxe, a 26.24-carat sapphire is lavishly set with diamonds by legendary French jeweller Alexandre Reza (Lot 620); just as unusual is this pair of matching Sri Lankan sapphires which exhibits a vibrant saturated pure blue colour; also on offer is a ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (Lot 626) championing an oval sapphire of over 10 carats that hails from the same source.

600

A Fine Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Ear-clips

Estimate
HK$3,200,000 - 3,600,000 
$400,000-460,000

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019