|Gemstones and Other Materials||2.53ct cushion cut Kashmir sapphire unheated with certificates from both SSEF and Gubelin and a Gubelin gemstone rating of 'Superior.' |
1.08ct F VS1 old mine brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate.
1.03ct F VS1 old mine brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate.
0.66cts total of additional old cut diamonds.
|Setting||18ct yellow gold and platinum with maker's mark and London assay marks|
|Weight description||Three stone ring 5.5 grams |
Inclusive of jacket 13.2 grams
|Dimensions||UK finger size L, US size 5.75|
Three stone ring head is 8 mm wide and band is 2mm
With the jacket head is 11.5mm, band is 5.8mm
(the finger size can be adjusted)
Kashmir sapphires are a truly exceptional colour, a rich, deep velvety blue that often seems to be lit from within. Importantly they also maintain this colour whatever lighting conditions they are viewed in, a fact which separates them from most other sapphires. Their intense beauty, coupled with their rarity and the fact that only a handful of new stones appear on the market each year, means these wonderful gems are hugely desirable and command some of the highest prices for coloured gemstones in the world. They were discovered in 1881 after a landslide in the Himalayan Mountains of Kashmir revealed the beautiful crystals embedded in the soft, clay-rich earth. They were mined extensively over the next few years, under the control of the Maharaja, during which time many fine and large sapphires were discovered. However by the end of 1888 operations had ceased and since then, despite various attempts, very little of importance has been recovered.