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  • THE SUNRISE RUBY AT SOTHEBY’S, GENEVA

    'The Sunrise Ruby', a superb and extremely rare Burmese ruby and diamond ring weighing 25.59 carats, Cartier

    ‘The Sunrise Ruby’, a superb and extremely rare Burmese ruby and diamond ring weighing 25.59 carats. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 28,250,000 SWISS FRANCS, ($30 million US)A WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A RUBY

    The Sunrise Ruby, an exceptional cushion shaped stone of Burmese origin weighing 25.59 carats is a highlight at Sotheby’s sale of magnificent and noble jewels in Geneva on May 12. Regarded by virtue of its size and colour as a unique treasure of nature it is estimated at $12-18 million US.

    David Bennett, global chairman of Sotheby’s international jewellery division, said”  “I have had the privilege over the last 40 years of handling some of the world’s finest and rarest gemstones.  I do not recall ever having seen another Burmese ruby of this exceptional size possessing such truly outstanding colour. I was transfixed from the moment I first set eyes on this stone, and have remained in awe of it ever since”.

    The “pigeon’s blood” hued stone, mounted as a ring by Cartier, was named in reference to a poem of the same name by the Sufi poet Rumi.

    “In the early morning hour,
    just before dawn, lover and beloved wake
    and take a drink of water.
    She asks, “Do you love me or love yourself more? Really, tell the absolute truth.”
    He says, “There’s nothing left of me.
    I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
    Is it still a stone, or a world
    made of redness? It has no resistance
    to sunlight.”

    From THE SUNRISE RUBY by Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

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