A Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Pendent Earrings

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    • Two oval sapphires, 11.00 and 10.03 carats

    • Brilliant-cut diamonds in the surmount, totaling approximately 3.60 carats

    • Platinum

    (11.00- and 10.03-carat Sapphires)
    Gübelin report, numbered 17097327/1 and 2, dated 16 September 2017, Burma, no indications of heating.
    SSEF report, numbered 92459, dated 29 May 2017, Burma, no indications of heating.

    附 瑞士 Gübelin 及 SSEF 證書

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sapphire “…like the pure sky, and mighty nature has endowed it with so much great power that it might be called sacred and the gem of gems”, Kunz, The Curious Lore of Gemstones
    Historically regarded as a ‘royal gem’, sapphire has been appreciated throughout time as a symbol of wealth and power. They exist in a palette of diverse hues and intensities according to the origin of their deposits. In the elite world of sapphires, three origins are known for the finest and most coveted blue treasures, namely Kashmir, Burma (Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

    While Ceylon is known to be the earliest source of sapphires in history, producing specimens characterized by their soft, violet undertones described as ‘cornflower blue’, Kashmir is a legendary mine that was almost exhausted within a decade after its discovery, with highly limited exemplary specimens in the market.

    The Burmese sapphire is set apart for its crisp transparency and robust brilliance and highly sought after for its ‘Royal Blue’ variations. Their colour tends to be most highly saturated of all the sapphire origins and is most commonly found in ‘ultramarine’ hues. Modern mines in Burma yield very few sapphires, and very few fine examples over 10 carats make their way to the present day market. This lot offered is set with such rarities, glowing with a distinctive charm unique to Burmese sapphires.

  • Catalogue Essay

    美國寶石學家Frederick Kunz曾在他著的《寶石的奇妙傳說》一書內對藍寶石有此描述:「就如明淨的天空,全能的大自然賦與它如此強大的力量,讓它堪稱為神聖的,也是寶石中的寶石。」

    藍寶石在歷史上被視為「皇室之寶石」,是財富和權力的象徵。藍寶石主色雖然是藍色,但不同產地的藍寶在色彩和濃度上會有稍微的分別,令藍寶石更顯得多樣迷人。在項級藍寶石的國度中,有三個產地備受藏家的推崇:喀什米爾、緬甸,以及斯里蘭卡。

    斯里蘭卡是世上最早出產藍寶的礦源,當地的藍寶色澤柔美,藍中帶一點紫,顏色被形容為「矢車菊」藍;喀什米爾則是傳奇礦源,因為在被發現後十年間幾乎已開採殆盡,所以現時在市場很難見到品質上佳的喀什米爾藍寶。

    產自緬甸的藍寶石以清澈明淨的晶體聞名於世,加上璀璨的火光,因此有「皇家藍」的美譽。相比起其他產地,緬甸藍寶飽和度一般較高,常常會呈現群青藍的色調。當今的緬甸礦區所出產的藍寶已十分稀少,當中超過10克拉的高品質藍寶就更是難得一見。此拍品上就鑲有如此珍貴難求的寶石,細緻呈現出緬甸藍寶獨有的魅力。

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A Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Pendent Earrings

11.00及10.03克拉「緬甸」天然藍寶石配鑽石吊耳環一對, 藍寶石未經加熱處理

Estimate
HK$1,900,000 - 2,400,000 
$240,000-300,000

sold for HK$2,125,000

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

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2017