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The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment. (crystalvaults.com)
18.50 Carat Untreated Kashmir Sapphire Diamond Ring at 1stdibs
Weighing an absolutely astonishing 18.50 carats, this natural emerald-cut Kashmir sapphire naturally is absolutely beyond compare. Displaying the lustrous, velvety blue hue so beloved in these rare Kashmir gemstones, this rare and important sapphire is completely untreated. Finding any example of this remarkable stone is a rarity; to find an unheated Kashmir sapphire weighing over 18 incredible carats – particularly of such extraordinary quality – is truly exceptional. As the stone’s certification from the American Gemological Laboratories states: “The combination of size, and origin for the sapphire described in this report signifies a gem worthy of distinction.”
The Kashmir sapphire is ranked as one of the world’s most desirable jewels alongside the rarest of colored diamonds and Burma rubies. These stones are typically found only in important private collections, including the famed Kashmir sapphire engagement ring owned by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, which is over 6 carats smaller than the present sapphire. This incomparable treasure is joined by two trapeze-cut diamonds weighing 1.30 total carats in a platinum and 22k gold setting.
Sapphires hailing from the Kashmir region are undeniably the pinnacle of this popular variety of corundum. Unearthed in the 1879 after a landslide in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent, Kashmir sapphires are revered not only for their general scarcity, but also the softness of their velvety blue hue. And, unlike other colored gemstones, the stone’s incomparable color overwhelms in any kind of light. This stone in particular, with its rare emerald cut, is exceptionally brilliant. These coveted gems rarely appear on the market, especially those weighing over 10 carats.
This stone is certified as natural, unheated and Kashmir in origin by the American Gemological Laboratories, the Swiss Gemological Institute, and Gübelin Gemlab.