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An Important Ruby, Diamond, Demantoid Garnet and Sapphire Ring, by Gimel. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2012

Designed as a flowerhead, set to the center with a cushion-shaped ruby weighing approximately 6.80 carats, within a pavé-set brilliant-cut diamond petal surround, accented by a polished gold ladybug set with cabochon sapphires, joined to the circular-cut demantoid garnet half-hoop, mounted in platinum and 18k yellow gold, ring size 5¾, in brown suede gimel case. signed and with maker's mark for Gimel. Estimate HK$16,000,000 - HK$25,000,000 (US$2,000,000-3,000,000)

Accompanied by report no. 52977 dated 2 december 2008 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the 6.80 carat ruby is of Burma (Myanmar) origin, with no indications of heating; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the ruby possesses extraordinary characteristics and merits special mention and appreciation. the ruby exhibits a well-saturated colour combined with a very pleasant cutting style. its vivid red, poetically referred to as "pigeon's blood" is due to an excellent cut and combination of well-balanced trace elements in the stone, characteristics for rubies from Burma

Also accompanied by report no. 0711537 dated 10 december 2007 from the Gübelin Gemmological Laboratory stating that the 6.80 carat ruby is of Burma (Myanmar) origin, with no indications of heating and this colour variety may also be called "pigeon's blood red" in the trade; also accompanied by an appendix and note stating that the ruby possesses a saturated and homogeneous colour. such a combination is rare in natural rubies of this size.

Christie's. Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels. 27 November 2012. Hong Kong