Details & Cataloguing

Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong

A Superb Sapphire and Diamond Ring
Set with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 13.88 carats, surrounded by pear-shaped diamonds embellished with marquise-shaped diamond spacers, to the brilliant-cut diamond shoulders, mounted in 18 karat white gold, size 6.
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by SSEF report no. 101318, dated 13 July 2018 and Gübelin report no. 18070121, dated 30 July 2018, both stating that the 13.88 carat sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating, also stating that the colour of this sapphire may be called 'royal blue'; also accompanied by Gübelin Appendix letter stating 'The natural sapphire of 13.88ct...possesses a richly saturated and homogeneous colour, combined with a high degree of transparency, and a finely proportioned cut...Such a combination of characteristics is rare in natural Kashmir sapphires of this size.'; further accompanied by SSEF Appendix letter stating 'A natural sapphire from Kashmir of this size and quality can be considered rare and exceptional'.



8 is a significant number often associated with prosperity; symbolic of perfection and eternity. The Chinese pronunciation of 8 (similar to that of (fāmeaning wealth or fortune, is welcomed as a blessing of affluence. In its duality – 88 – is believed to bring good wishes in abundance.

Beyond their auspicious ties, the specially curated selection of jewels embodying the number 88 in their carat weight also exhibits a meticulous planning process and unrivalled cutting skills. The carat weight of a diamond or gemstone is often determined with the aim of achieving optimal colour and clarity.

Whilst diamonds are evaluated based on the 4Cs: Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat Weight, it is the latter that often differentiates one stone from another, to which share the same Cut, Colour and Clarity grading. The specificity of a carat weight being universally expressed to the second decimal place allows for a certain level of reliance on its carat weight as its identifying factor. Gemstones also share a similar philosophy, and are often recognized by their impressive carat weights, alongside their distinctive colour and clarity attributes.

The carat weight of a gemstone is rarely chanced upon; bearing testament to the stone cutter’s skill and adept craftsmanship to be able to produce a superb gem to a specific carat weight. Obtaining the envisioned carat weight, taking into consideration the restrictions provided by nature, is a task representative of extreme precision and technical accuracy. Each rough undergoes a comprehensive process of planning, cutting and polishing, transforming it from a natural state into a radiant beauty.

The final carat weight of a gem, when compared to the initial weight of the rough, can be as high as 50%. Cutters evaluate the opportunities and obstacles in preparations to cut the gem. An exceptionally well-cut gem can add significant value to a gem, as gems cut by an experienced and highly regarded cutter can add up to 40% of value to the stone. If the gem remains in rough form, its value would be comparatively less. The influence of well-proportioned cuts on a gem’s value is  contributory to its rarity.

In this instance, the quality of this curation is elite. Whether through colour, clarity or cut, these treasures of nature are presented with the highest regard. Their exacting specificity distinguishing them as reflected in their carat weights, fine examples of supreme craftsmanship and demanding precision.

Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong