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AN EXTREMELY RARE PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING, BY CARVIN FRENCH
The sapphire gemstone is also found in a pink-orange colour known as 'padparadscha'. Its name is derived from Sanskrit: 'padma' meaning lotus, and 'raga' meaning colour, the colour of the gemstone resembling the famed and beautiful lotus flower of Sri Lanka. Lot 3094 features an enchanting oval-cut padparadscha weighing a tremendous 35.99 carats that is both unique and exceptional with its natural colour and size. The stone exhibits a delightfully princess pink colour with an orange hue, and combined with excellent clarity and cut, the jewel is fresh and lively. The padparadscha is the only variety of corundum, other than ruby, that is given its own name, rather than being referred to as a sapphire of a particular colour. Padparadscha sapphires are formed metamorphically by the earth's tectonic plates colliding with each other, the same movement that causes mountain ranges to form and earthquakes to occur. Within the earth's natural movement, crystals and minerals deep underground are heated and merged and form into new crystals. These hexagonal-shaped crystals are of the corundum family and only a slight presence of chemical material can determine whether they will end up as a padparadscha, ruby, sapphire or coloured sapphire. While sapphires are naturally coloured with iron and rubies with chromium, padparadschas are coloured by the presence of both. The delicate balance of pink and orange hues make this gem one of nature's rarest.
AN EXTREMELY RARE PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING, BY CARVIN FRENCH

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AN EXTREMELY RARE PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING, BY CARVIN FRENCH Designed as a flower head, centering upon an oval-shaped padparadscha sapphire weighing 36.00 carats, to the pavé-set diamond petals and intertwining band, mounted in platinum, ring size 5¾ With maker's mark for Carvin French Accompanied by report no. 0508576 dated 24 August 2005 from the Gübelin Gemmological Laboratory stating that the 36.00 carat padparadscha is of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) origin, with no indications of heating

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US$600,000-800,000

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