By repute this ring belonged to Mary Tighe, who in 1805 wrote the six-canto allegorical poem Psyche. Thomas Moore was one of her admirers and John Keats paid tribute to her in his poem To Some Ladies. Thence by descent.
Accompanied by SSEF report no 91615, stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heat treatment, and an additional gemmological report.
Accompanied by SSEF report no 91615, dated 13th April 2017, stating that the 6.00 carat sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heat treatment, and report no. 13753 from the Gem & Pearl Laboratory, stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heat treatment.
Sapphire mid blue in colour, strong saturation, transparent, with minor typical inclusions visible under magnification, minor chips to some facet edges and light scratches to stone surfaces consistent with age and wear. Diamonds bright and lively, estimated colour I-J on average, estimated clarity SI - I on average, estimated total diamond weight approximately 1.40 - 1.80 carats. Light scratches to metal surfaces consistent with wear. In good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Please note that colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's. We do not guarantee, and are not responsible for any certificate from a gemological laboratory that may accompany the property. We do not guarantee that watches are in working order. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue, in particular to the Notice regarding the treatment and condition of gemstones. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."