Spectacular ruby and diamond parure, Asprey. Sold 2,345,000 CHF at Sotheby's Geneva, 14 Nov 2007, lot 371A.
Comprising: a necklace composed of a graduated line of brilliant-cut diamonds supporting at the front a fringe of oval and cushion-shaped rubies set within oval, pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamond surrounds, the five largest pear-shaped diamonds weighing 2.47, 3.01, 3.01, 3.45 and 3.58 carats respectively, the seven largest oval diamonds weighing 2.01, 2.03, 2.04, 2.07, 2.07, 2.22 and 2.60 carats respectively, accompanied by a pair of pendent earrings and a ring en suite, mounted in platinum and yellow gold, signed Asprey, French assay and maker's marks. Necklace length approximately 400mm, ring size 51.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 49615 stating that all rubies, estimated to weigh approximately 78.60 carats in total, are of Burmese origin, with indications of heating and some minor to moderate residue in fissures.