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    Sale 7442


    12 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 45


    Price Realised  

    The gold nugget set with circular-cut emerald, ruby, sapphire and diamond detail to the ribbed hoop, ring size O

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    By tradition the gold nugget forming the centrepiece of this unusual ring was found in two by Allen McMartin and Jack Anderson in a river in Uganda during the early 1930s. The nuggets were subsequently fused together, the junction cleverly hidden by a single-cut diamond 'vein'. Although months were later spent in search for the original source in the hope for of finding more nuggets, it was never found. McMartin and Alderson were to establish McAlder Mines in Kenya, which was sold to the British government at the outbreak of the Second World War.

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