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  • Catalogue Essay

    A short five years was the lifespan of the world’s most legendary and superior sapphire mine – Kashmir, a remote region high in the Great Himalayan mountains of northwestern India.
    Known for a rich and velvety blue colour that is unrivalled by sapphires form other parts of the world, Kashmir sapphires are beyond scarce. After an alleged landslide in the early 1880’s that revealed a deposit of intense blue gems, mining began under the Maharaja’s control from 1882, for a few years crystals as large as 5 x 3 inches were found on the site. Yet, the fairy tale of these superlative sapphires came to an end in 1887 when production vastly decreased and the deposits were almost depleted.
    Despite continuous efforts to survey new locations for deposits in the region, the results were hugely disappointing. It was a proven common belief that the mine is exhausted.
    With an inexistent supply, high quality Kashmir sapphire like this very one offered here which weighs over 5 carats, unheated and impart with an attractive saturated colour, have become a rarity that are highly covetable among gem connoisseurs.


A Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Size 7

HK$880,000 - 1,300,000 

Sold for HK$1,625,000

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

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019