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My friend the noted jewelry photographer, David Behl, took this Polaroid photo for me 25 years ago.
Millions of dollars of precious and semiprecious gems are on the table. Millions more were in the inventory. Many of these stones have found their way into the hands of the finest jewelry brands today.
This collection was possibly one of the finest arrays of colored gemstones in the world. Extraordinary gems are wonders of nature. Perfection and precision is involved in every step, from mining, to cutting, to designing, and throughout the manufacturing process which results in a finished jewel.
In the box left to right
Colombian emerald 26.60 carat
Kashmir sapphire 29.05 carat
Burma ruby pigeon blood color 10.17 carat
Pear-shaped diamond type IIa * 30.21 carat
Stones of this size, origin, color, and clarity are extremely rare.
Often at the finest houses like Cartier, the client starts with the stones. The jewel
is designed and made exclusively for the client. Sometimes the buyer has the unique opportunity to name an important gem acquisition.
Like the 69.42 carat Taylor-Burton Diamond!
Which was purchased from, and mounted by Cartier.
Cartier 29.62 carat natural Burmese ruby and diamond ring sold at auction last April
For $7.4 million
Type IIa diamonds make up 1–2% of all natural diamonds (1.8% of gem diamonds). These diamonds are rare, almost or entirely devoid of impurities, and consequently are usually colorless.