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Sapphires

Lucy Marles, one of our jewellery specialists, reflects on how desirable sapphires are at auction with their connections to royalty and their association with romance. She concludes that the sapphire and diamond ring sold in a recent Fine Sale is a good example of what the market is seeking in terms of sapphire rings.

A Sapphire Diamond Three-stone Ring (FS34/404) offered in our April 2017 Fine Sale, which realised
        £3,250.

A Sapphire Diamond Three-stone Ring (FS34/404) offered in our April 2017 Fine Sale, which realised £3,250.

Sapphires have been associated with royalty and romance for centuries. This association was certainly reinforced in 1981 when Prince Charles gave Lady Diana Spencer a blue sapphire engagement ring.

Sapphires come in every colour. Orangey pink sapphires are known as padparadscha and are considered the most beautiful and valuable of the corundum gemstones.

Blue sapphires come in many hues. Blue sapphires with violet hues are particularly popular and saleable at auction.

The illustrated sapphire and diamond three stone ring (FS34/404) sold in our April 2017 File Sale for £3,250 and is a good example of the type of sapphire desirable today.

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  • Jewellery Auctions
  • Sapphires

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