"The Graff Ruby
...The described gemstones exhibits an impressive weight and purity, combined with a very pleasant shape and cutting style. The faint inclusions found by microscopic inspection represent the hallmarks of the reputed deposit of Mogok in Burma (Myanmar). The stone has been spared to exposure of thermal treatment and its clarity and colour are natural. Its vivid red, poetically referred to as 'pigeon blood' is due to a combination of well balanced trace elements in the stone, typical and characteristic for rubies of the Mogok gemstone tract.
Natural Mogok rubies from this size, colour and clarity represent a great rarity and the Graff ruby with its combination of outstanding characteristics is a very exceptional gemstone."
Mr Graff named the stone after the sale the ‘Graff Ruby’, and in a Bloomberg interview in February 2006 was quoted as saying ‘…the cut and spread of colour is the finest I have ever seen’.
Since then, the prices for truly exceptional Mogok rubies, arguably the rarest of all gemstones, have continued to soar on the very few occasions they have appeared on the market.
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