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    • Two cushion-shaped sapphires, 16.89 and 13.71 carats respectively

    • Two old European-cut diamonds, 3.73 and 3.31 carats respectively

    • Platinum

    • Length approximately 3.8 cm

    AGL Report: Burma, no gemological evidence of heat and clarity enhancement, 'Royal Blue' colour. The Jewel Folio further states that 'The pair of sapphires is such an example of top-quality Burmese gems. They each possess a richly saturated color that typifies a Burmese sapphire exhibiting a Royal Blue shade.'

    Gübelin Report: Burma, no indications of heating, 'Royal Blue' colour. The Appendix Letter further states that 'The pair of sapphires possesses a richly saturated and homogeneous royal blue colour, combined with a high degree of transparency and a fine proportioned cut.'

    SSEF Report: Burma, no indications of heating, 'Royal Blue' colour. The Appendix Letter further states that 'They have been carefully selected for their attractive saturated blue colour and fine purity....Assembling a matching pair of natural sapphires from Burma of this size and quality can be considered rare and exceptional.'

    GIA Reports: F colour, VVS2 and VS1 clarity respectively

    Please note that one one GIA report is more than 5 years old and may require an update


  • Catalogue Essay

    Regal in Name, Regal in Nature

    Sapphires have long been a favoured royal gift throughout the ages. Queen Elizabeth II’s father King George VI and French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte both chose this majestic stone for their beloved, while in modern times, Princess Diana’s famous sapphire ring now adorns the finger of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

    It is perhaps fitting therefore, that the term reserved for the finest sapphires on earth is “Royal Blue”.

    To qualify for this revered title, the colour has to be an intense, richly saturated and a homogeneous blue, also the sapphires themselves must be free of any eye-visible or dark inclusions.

    Weighing an impressive 16.89 and 13.71 carats, these unheated sapphires are a strikingly perfect match in terms of their mesmerising colour and crystal.

    Laboratories seldom confer the Royal Blue title on any sapphire, yet in Lot 626, we have not one, but a perfectly matched pair of Royal Blue sapphires, with three laboratories AGL, SSEF and Gübelin all independently synchronised in their affirmation that these stones are deserving of the term and the rare appendix.

    Prices for such items have increased greatly in the past ten years and with demand for such exquisite jewels only increasing, while supply remains limited, there is every reason to believe that this upward growth in value will continue.


An Exceptionally Rare Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Length approximately 3.8 cm

HK$9,800,000 - 16,000,000 

Contact Specialist

Charlene Lau 
Head of Department, Hong Kong, Jewellery +852 2318  2039

[email protected]


Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2020