Sapphire, the birthstone of September belongs to the exclusive club of precious gemstones, and it’s usually one of the most valuable gems in the world.
Usually, a gem becomes famous because of its exceptional natural qualities, its legendary origin, and quite often due to its history.
When you can make a link between a particular gem, and say, a famous royal wearing it, those gems acquire an aura of their own.
Here’s an example of what I’m saying…
Imagine the famous French Queen Marie Antoinette walking along the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.
Let’s picture it’s dark outside, and that the light in the hall comes from thousands and thousands of candles in the chandeliers.
Unapologetically, Marie Antoinette walks along the hall in a blue dress full of bows, and white lace on top. As the light from all those candles dances around her face, you spot some girandole diamond earrings dangling from her ears, and in her neck, a triple strand necklace made of 331 natural pearls. Holding that necklace is a clasp made out of white diamonds surrounding a big and bold blue sapphire. A blue so perfect it mimics the pure spectral blue of light.
Wouldn’t that be a sight for your eyes?
Queen Marie Antoinette’s blue sapphire clasp, currently as a diamond brooch, adorned with an impressive 30.70-carat sapphire from Ceylon was a gift from her mother on the occasion of her marriage. Photo ©Sotheby’s
Well, those pieces I mentioned above do exist, and one year ago they were at auction at Sotheby’s. That blue sapphire clasp is currently fashioned as a brooch, and it sold to the highest bidder for $551 010. Slightly over half a million dollars for a 30,70-carat sapphire mined in the legendary Ceylon mines. That’s almost $18 000 per carat in a gem of magnificent properties, from a legendary mine, and worn by one of the most famous Queens in history.
Wanna see another example?
Back in 2014, Christie’s auctioned a magnificent sapphire. A gem so remarkable it even has a name – the Blue Belle of Asia.
The blue Belle Sapphire has 392,52-carat, it’s the world’s 4th largest faceted blue sapphire, comes from Ceylon, and sold for $17 305 996 (around $44 000 per carat).
This gem was discovered in 1926 at Pelmadula, Ratnapura (the city of gems) in Ceylon. In 1937, it was sold to Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors Limited, presumably to serve as a gift to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. It would be a gift for her coronation day on May 12, 1937, but instead, it “disappeared” into private hands for several decades, and resurfaced at an auction in 2014, at Geneva.
Why don’t you have a look at this video made by The Telegraph about this exceptional gemstone:
Now, I don’t want you feeling discouraged because all of the above treasures are already taken.
This time of the year tends to be prolific in great auctions and opportunities. In a few weeks, you’re gonna have the chance to add an equally perfect gem to your jewelry collection.
At a price. Of course.
This November, at Geneva, Sotheby’s gonna auction “A Breathtaking Art Deco Bracelet by Cartier” featuring a 47,07-carat Burmese sapphire of coveted Royal Blue color. In Sotheby’s words:
“Perhaps even more noteworthy is the stone’s extraordinary clarity: while gemstones of this quality would normally be faceted, this exceptional sapphire was cut into a cabochon shape. The fact that Cartier chose a cabochon cut is a clear design choice and one which could be regarded as decadent, considering the scarcity of gemstones of this size and quality.”
Sapphire and diamond bracelet, Cartier, 1927. MAGNIFICENT JEWELS AND NOBLE JEWELS. PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN AMERICAN COLLECTION. Photo © Sotheby’s
The bracelet was made in 1927 by Cartier, and its estimated value is set between $2 to $3 million. (approximately $42 000 to $63 000 per carat). As for myself, I’m quite curious to see if these valuations will hold, or if this magnificent sapphire bracelet sets any new record. I’ll keep you posted. 😉
As usual, I would love to have your thoughts and views on what I’m sharing.
Will you let me know in the comments if you fancy sapphires, and what’s your favorite of the 3 I shared today?
Let’s have a sapphire themed party in the comments. 🙂
Until next time,