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Important Ruby and Diamond Ring
Set with an oval ruby weighing 5.07 carats, surrounded by four pear-shaped diamonds weighing 7.56 carats in total, accented with circular-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold. Ring size: 5½
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by SSEF and AGL reports numbered 86030 and CS 1078180, dated 30 May 2016 and 24 August 2016 respectively, stating that the 5.07 carat ruby is natural, of Burmese (Myanmar) origin, with no indications of heating; SSEF further stating that the ruby may also be called 'pigeon blood red' based on SSEF reference standards; also accompanied by AGL letter stating that 'it possesses a number of internal features that are consistent with rubies from historic Burmese locality of the Mogok valley...Traditionally, stones of this color have been described as having a "pigeon blood" hue.'; further accompanied by four GIA reports, stating that the diamonds weighing from 2.02 to 1.70 carats are all D Colour, Flawless to Internally Flawless, with Excellent Polish and Symmetry; also accompanied by two diamond type classification reports stating that the diamonds weighing 2.00 and 1.84 carats are determined to be Type IIa diamonds. Type IIa diamonds are the most chemically pure type of diamond and often have exceptional optical transparency.

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REALM OF RED

Amongst all coloured gemstones, ruby is inarguably the most valuable, exceeded in price per carat only by the rarest coloured diamonds. The high esteem with which it has long been held in the East is perfectly expressed by two of its names in Sanskrit, Ratnaraj and Ratnanayaka which respectively translate as ‘King of the precious stones’ and ‘leader of precious stones’. Its status of ‘King of Gems’ was reiterated, around 1110AD, in Marbodus’s ‘liber de lapidibus’, where the ruby is called ‘the most precious of the twelve stones God created when he created all creatures’. Famed for their exceptional colour, rubies from Burma are highly treasured within the history of high jewellery.

To appreciate why Burmese rubies have been so highly sought after for centuries, a little more must be understood about the stone itself. A variety of the mineral known as corundum, rubies from Burma are coloured by chromium which gives them their distinctive blood red hue and causes a red fluorescence that makes the stone glow like a hot coal as if it was internally illuminated. With a hardness of nine on the Mohs scale, second only to diamonds, rubies boast one the key requirements for a gem: durability. These characteristics together with the gem’s associations with power and protection, life and blood, fire and passion have captivated the interest of history’s greatest collectors, from Mughal emperors to European nobility. 

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