Important Sapphires Pt 4

The Blue Belle of Asia

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The Blue Belle of Asia

The Blue Belle Of Asia earns the title of the most expensive blue sapphire in the world, after selling for $17,305,996 at Christie’s Geneva in November 2014. This 392.52-carat untreated Ceylon sapphire features a cushion-cut stone that draws your gaze into the depths of its captivating blue prism. The stone set a world record for the highest price paid at auction for a sapphire!

The Blue Belle of Asia discovered from the paddy fields of Pelmadulla in Ratnapura (City of Gems) district of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1926, was cut and polished in Sri Lanka and sold in 1937 by the renowned Gem & Jewellery dealers based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Messrs. O.L.M. Macan Markar & Co. Ltd. to the British Motor Magnate Lord Nuffield (1877-1963), the founder of Morris Motors Ltd. It was rumoured that the enormous sapphire was purchased with a view of presenting it to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on her coronation day on May 12, 1937. The sapphire is set as the centerpiece of a spectacular diamond necklace, with a brilliant-cut diamond tassel pendant suspended from it.

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Cote D’Azur’ Brooch, By Anna Hu

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Cote D’Azur’ Brooch, By Anna Hu

The 58.29-carat Unique Sapphire and Multi-Gem ’Côte D’Azur’ Brooch by Anna Hu sold for $4,569,684 at Christie’s Geneva in November 2013. The centerpiece of this fine creation is an untreated blue cushion-shaped sapphire mounted in gold and surrounded by a cascade of various gems in a floral design. A true masterpiece and collector’s item.

 

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Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch

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Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch

 

The day before her February 10th, 1840 wedding to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wrote that she received a gift from: ‘dearest Albert’ of ‘a splendid brooch, a large sapphire set round with diamonds, which is really quite beautiful’. She wore it to her wedding the next day, pinned to the front of her gown.

 

 

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Diana’s Sapphire and Pearl Choker

Perhaps one of Diana’s most infamous pieces of jewelry was her Sapphire and Pearl

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Princess Diana’s Sapphire and Pearl Choker

choker. Many do not know it was not originally a necklace. As a wedding present, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother had given then Lady Diana Spencer a brilliant brooch made up of a beautiful egg shaped sapphire surrounded by two rows of Diamonds. Diana loved the brooch but, Diana was simply not a huge brooch lover. Diana was photographed wearing the brooch as a brooch ONE time. About two months after her marriage to Prince Charles, Diana sent the brooch to Garrads, the famous crown jewelers in London to have the brooch turned into a necklace. She requested it be mounted on 7 rows of white pearls because pearls were Diana’s favorite and continued to be throughout her life, also, choker style necklaces were a favorite of hers. She wore it with short dresses and long gowns from the early 1980s to 1997 when she died.  From that moment on the piece of jewelry was turned into one of Diana’s absolute favorites. She wore it from the time she received it until she died. Throughout her royal life this was one of her most outstanding and favorite necklaces. Diana was photographed wearing this choker hundreds of times.

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Blue Giant of the Orient

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Blue Giant of the Orient

The Blue Giant of the Orient is a gem that’s not only the largest faceted blue sapphire in the world at 486.52 carats, but also one that is shrouded in mystery. Very little is known about the cornflower-hued cushion-cut gemstone as it was out of the public eye for nearly 100 years. Discovered in Sri Lanka in 1907 and sold to an anonymous American collector that same year, the intense medium-blue gemstone remained quietly under the radar until May 2004, when it unexpectedly appeared in a Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction catalogue.

Curiously, the amazing gem, which was billed by Christie’s as the largest faceted sapphire ever to be offered at auction, failed to entice any bidders at the Geneva event even though it had been estimated to sell for $1 million to $1.5 million — a relative bargain by today’s standards.

Local cutters worked the rough stone into a finished gem weighing 466 carats. Some experts believe that the 20-carat discrepancy between the weights noted by the 1907 newspaper report and that of the 2004 Christie’s auction catalogue reflected either an error in the accuracy of the weighing equipment of the time or a simple recording error. The newspaper noted that the gem’s finished size was 2 1/2 inches long, 1 ¾ inches wide and ¾ of an inch its thickest point.

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George VI Victorian Suite

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George VI Victorian Suite

When Queen Elizabeth II was married in 1947, her father, King George VI, gifted her with the George VI Victorian Suite, a jewelry set consisting of a magnificent necklace and earrings composed of blue sapphires surrounded by diamonds. In 1963, the Queen commissioned a tiara and bracelet to match, which equaled in grandeur the decadent design of the set and the quality of the gemstones. The tiara is reportedly made from a necklace that originally belonged to Princess Louise of Belgium.download

 

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