Auction | China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd.
2018 Autumn Auctions
Important Jewels and Jadeite


Each centring on a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 3.11 and 2.99 carats, surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approximately 4.80 carats, signed, mounted in 18 karat yellow gold.

AGL reports numbered 1082022 and 1083090, dated 3 and 5 April 2017, stating the sapphires are 3.11 and 2.99 carats, natural, Blue colour, Kashmiri origin, no gemological evidence of heat; with comments, stating that‘Non-heated sapphires are scarce. Sapphires are commonly heated to modify their color and appearance.';

Lotus premium report numbered 4842-5393, dated 16 October 2017, stating the sapphires are 3.11 and 2.99 carats, natural, Blue colour, Kashmiri origin, no indications of enhancements; with comment stating‘The lively blue color of this gem earns it the Lotus“Cornflower Blue”distinction.';

SSEF reports numbered 91952 and 91951, dated 11 May 2017, stating the sapphires are 3.113 and 2.992 carats, natural, Blue colour of medium strong saturation, Kashmiri origin, no indications of heating.

Legendary Kashmir
Although some Burmese and Ceylonese sapphires are famous, only the Kashmir Sapphire could be named as“King of the Sapphire World”. With an average altitude of over four thousand meters, the mining work is hard in Kashmir due to short annual production time and frequent wars. These make the gem hard to come by. Kashmir sapphires pronouncedly display distinct blue colour and the signature‘velvety’texture caused by the inclusion of silk.
Under magnification, the exsolved rutile of Kashmir sapphires differs from that of Burma and Sri Lankan stones in terms of the size of the crystals. Many appear as tiny dots in snowflake patterns, and magnification of 40x or more is often required to resolve individual crystals. Due to its extremely fine nature, Kashmir rutile provides subtle light scattering without materially affecting transparency, giving these gems their velvety appearance. Sapphires from Sri Lanka, Thailand(especially Kanchanaburi)and Pailin may also exhibit a certain milkiness, making confusion a real possibility. The haziness in Kashmir stones, however, is extremely fine in nature, not enough to seriously degrade the clarity, but just enough to impart the distinctive velvety luster to the stones. With the source is non-existent, these Kashmir sapphire are almost never seen except in the auction market. Most of the Kashmir sapphires that exist in the market were discovered more than 100 years ago. Due to its unquie beauty and rarity, Kashmiri sapphires have always been adored and sought-after by gem connoisseurs. As these superlative sapphires unrivalled among sapphires around the world, the demand for the gem far exceeds supply.

Price estimate:
HKD: 2,100,000 - 2,600,000
USD: 267,500 - 331,200

Auction Result:
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