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Amin Jaffer,  International Director,  Asian Art at Christie’s London, selects the object of the week from the seasonal line up at the famed auction house.

A Superb Ruby And Diamond ‘Red Scarlet’ Necklace

By James W. Currens
Estimated Price: $3.5-5.5 million
Price realised: $5,168,590

The world’s finest rubies come from Burma, present-day Myanmar. For more than 800 years, the Mogok Stone Tract in Upper Burma has been the source of the world’s most desirable rubies, described as ‘pigeon’s blood’ due to the intensity and tone of their remarkable colour. Combining their glowing red with the extraordinary degrees of transparency, pigeon’s blood rubies exist only in very limited quantities and are the benchmark by which all rubies are judged.

The Red Scarlet is an exquisite necklace boasting twenty-six graduated oval-shaped rubies which weigh between 1.27 and 5.38 carats. The beauty of each ruby is accentuated by a cluster of marquise and pear-shaped diamonds, mounted in platinum and 18 carat yellow gold. Rubies are often treated to improve their colour; these stones have been spared any such enhancement. To find rubies of the quality, size, colour and level of clarity displayed in this necklace is extremely rare.

Christie’s Hong Kong Sale of Magnificent Jewels took place on November 27, 2012, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on November 25, 2012.