Lot 3011. An exceptional art deco cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire and diamond bracelet, by Cartier. Estimate HK$60,000,000 – HK$80,000,000 (US$7,500,000-10,000,000). Price Realized HK$56,120,000 ($7,260,957). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.
Set with eight graduated cushion-shaped sapphires, weighing approximately 10.53 to 3.38 carats, with calibré-cut sapphire detail, to the pavé-set diamond intersections and four-stone diamond gallery, 1923, mounted in platinum, 18.0 cm, with French assay mark for platinum, in red leather Cartier case. Signed Cartier, no. 2318867
Accompanied by report no. CS 71561 1-7 dated 6 November 2015 from the AGL American Gemological Laboratories stating that the seven sapphires are of Classic Kashmir origin, with no gemological evidence of heat and clarity enhancement; also accompanied by a letter from AGL stating that the sapphires possess the quintessential, velvety blue colour that distinguishes a fine Kashmir sapphire. The colour of these sapphires is further complemented by a fine cut resulting in numerous deep, rich internal colour reflections and brilliance. These sapphires also possess a high clarity, providing a superior degree of transparency. To have seven such well-matched stones of Kashmir origin in this quality is extremely rare
Report no. CS 71562 dated 6 November 2015 from the AGL American Gemological Laboratories stating that the 3.38 carats sapphire is of Cambodia (Palin) origin, with no gemological evidence of heat and clarity enhancement
Report no. 79846 dated 15 April 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that seven sapphires are of Kashmir origin and one of Basaltic deposit origin, with no indications of heating and the colour of part of these sapphires may also be called ‘royal blue’ in the trade
Report no. 14100303/1 to 8 dated 7 November 2014 from the Gübelin GemLab stating that seven sapphires are of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the Kashmir sapphires possess a richly saturated and homogeneous colour, combined with a high degree of transparency, and a finely proportioned cut
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