Lot 2064. A superb 28.04 carats Ceylon padparadscha sapphire and diamond ring. Estimate HKD 15,500,000 - HKD 25,000,000 (USD 2,100,000-2,800,000). Price realised HKD 19,300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
Set to the center with an oval-shaped padparadscha sapphire, weighing approximately 28.04 carats, within a pear and marquise-shaped diamond two-tiered bombé surround, mounted in gold, ring size 5 ¾
Accompanied by premium report no. 89429 dated 17 January 2017 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the padparadscha sapphire is of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) origin, with no indications of heating; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the padparadscha possesses extraordinary characteristics and merits special mention and appreciation. The gemstone exhibits a remarkable size and weight, combined with an attractive orangy pink colour and an excellent purity. The few inclusions found by microscopic examination represent the hallmarks of padparadschas from the classical gem deposits in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), also known as the 'Island of Gems'. Its subtle pinkish orange colour is due to a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the gemstone, typical and characteristic for the finest padparadschas of Ceylon. A natural padparadscha from Ceylon of this size and quality is very rare and exceptional.
Note: The name padparadscha is derived from the Sanskrit: ‘padma’ meaning lotus, and ‘raga’ meaning colour. The colour of the gemstone resembles the famed the beautiful lotus flower of Sri Lanka, an island off the southern most coast of India in the Indian Ocean, where the source of these remarkable gems was first discovered. Belonging to the corundum family, which also includes other famed members such as rubies and sapphires, the slight presence of different trace elements determines the nature of the gemstone. While sapphires are naturally coloured with iron and rubies with chromium, padparadschas are coloured by the presence of both. The delicate interplay of pink and orange hues make this gem one of the nature’s rarest.