Lot 499

Sapphire and diamond brooch, Cartier

3,500,000 US - 6,000,000 USD  |  3,410,000  - 5,850,000 CHF 

Set with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 30.23 carats, featured amongst pear- and marquise-shaped diamonds, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay and partial maker's marks, case stamped Cartier.

Accompanied by SSEF report no. 78415 and Gübelin report no. 15030026, stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating, together with appendix letters; and twelve GIA reports, dated from 16 March 1998 to 12 November 2001.

Excerpt from the SSEF appendix letter, 17 February 2015:

"The few tiny inclusions found by microscopic examination are the hallmarks of sapphires from the reputed historic deposit in Kashmir, located in a remote part of the Himalayan Mountains in India. The velvety and saturated blue colour of this sapphire is due to very fine and subtle inclusions and a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the gemstone, typical and characteristic for the finest sapphires of Kashmir." 

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Lot 500

Pair of sapphire and diamond ear clips, Cartier

800,000  - 1,200,000 USD |  780,000  - 1,170,000 CHF  

Each set with a step-cut sapphire weighing 15.77 and 16.90 carats, within a semi circle of pear- and marquise-shaped diamonds, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay marks, case stamped Cartier.

Accompanied by SSEF report no. 78416, dated 20 February 2015, and Gübelin reports, each dated 12 April 2001, all stating that the two sapphires are of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating, the SSEF report with an appendix letter; and fifteen GIA reports, dated from 23 November 1998 to 6 August 2002.

Excerpt from SSEF appendix letter, 20 February 2015:

"The described sapphires exhibit remarkable weights of 16.909 ct and 15.776 ct, respectively. The two gemstones form a perfectly matching pair in size, shape and attractive saturated blue colour, combined with an excellent purity. [...]Their saturated blue colour is due to a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the gemstone, typical and characteristic for the finest sapphires of Mogok, Burma." 

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Lot 501

Diamond necklace, 'Ivresse', Cartier

6,000,000 – 10,000,000 USD   |  5,850,000 – 9,700,000 CHF  

Designed as a cascade of diamonds, composed of brilliant-cut, pear- and marquise-shaped stones, the front accented with a floral motif and suspending a fringe of nine pear-shaped diamonds weighing 2.01, 3.21, 7.34, 12.04, 20.38, 10.25, 6.52, 3.42 and 2.25 carats, total diamond weight approximately 190.77 carats, maximum length approximately 450mm, minimum length 420mm, signed Cartier, numbered, fitted case by Cartier.

Accompanied by thirty GIA reports, dated from 1991 to 1995, stating that twenty-eight diamonds weighing from 0.66 to 20.39 carats are D Colour, Internally Flawless, and that one diamond weighing 1.00 carat is E Colour, Internally Flawless.

The three largest diamonds weighing 10.25, 12.04 and 20.38 carats have been sent to the GIA for recertification, each has come back D Colour, VVS Clarity, Type IIa, each with a working diagram stating that the diamond may be internally flawless after repolishing. These minor surface abrasions are consistent with normal wear.

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Lot 502

'The Sunrise Ruby', a superb and extremely rare ruby and diamond ring, Cartier

12,000,000 – 18,000,000 USD   |   11,700,000 – 17,500,000 CHF 


Set with a cushion-shaped ruby weighing 25.59 carats, between shield-shaped diamonds weighing 2.47 and 2.70 carats, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay and maker's marks, size 54, case signed Cartier.

Accompanied by SSEF report no. 78414 and Gübelin report no. 15020105, each stating that the ruby is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating, 'pigeon blood colour', together with appendix letters; together with gemmological reports for the diamonds. 

Excerpts from the SSEF appendix letter, 4 February 2015:

"The described ruby exhibits a very impressive size and weight of 25.596 ct, combined with a highly attractive colour and a fine purity. Its colour is further pronounced by its well-proportioned cutting style, resulting in vivid red hues due to multiple internal reflections. Due to complex geological formation processes rubies of such quality generally are found in small crystals and only very exceptionally in such a size as the present stone. [...]Its vivid but saturated colour, poetically referred to as pigeon blood red, is due to a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the stone, typical and characteristic for the finest rubies of Mogok. [...]Based on our records we can conclude that a natural ruby from Burma of this size and colour is extremely rare. Thus, the described gemstone with its combination of outstanding characteristics can be considered a unique treasure of nature."

Excerpt from Gübelin appendix letter, 11 February 2015:

"The 25.59 ct ruby described in the above mentioned Gübelin Gem Lab Report possesses a combination of outstanding characteristics. It displays a homogeneous and richly saturated 'pigeon blood red' colour, which typifies the finest of these gems. The depth of colour, combined with a high clarity and brilliance, all contribute to the beauty of the gem. The shape and finely proportioned cut provides vivid internal colour reflections. In addition, this remarkable gemstone has been spared thermal treatment." 

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The Sunrise Ruby

Translated by Coleman Barks

From 'Rumi: Selected Poems' by Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

"In the early morning hour,
just before dawn, lover and beloved wake
and take a drink of water.
She asks, "Do you love me or yourself more?
Really, tell the absolute truth."
He says, "There's nothing left of me.
I'm like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
Is it still a stone, or a world
made of redness? It has no resistance
to sunlight."
This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
and told the truth!
The ruby and the sunrise are one.
Be courageous and discipline yourself.
Completely become hearing and ear,
and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.
Work. Keep digging your well.
Don't think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who's there."

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