• Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2736

    Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2453

    AN EXCEPTIONAL SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'PIERRES DE CARACTÈRE' RING, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

    Price Realised  

    AN EXCEPTIONAL SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'PIERRES DE CARACTÈRE' RING, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
    Set with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 16.65 carats, to the baguette and brilliant-cut diamond openwork gallery and half-hoop, mounted in 18k white gold, ring size 5¼, with French assay mark for gold, in black suede Van Cleef & Arpels case

    Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, No. ML3245 (indistinct)
    Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Van Cleef & Arpels

    Report no. 0405118 dated 1 June 2004 from the Gübelin Gemmological Laboratory stating that the 16.65 carat sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of thermal enhancement

    Report no. 54512 dated 25 September 2009 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the 16.65 carat sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating


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    US$700,000-1,000,000