Lot 91

Classic in design, consists of a well-matched pair of pear-shaped kunzites in a prong-setting, each suspended from a surmount of an oval-shaped kunzite with a diamond-set surround in a stylised mount of white gold.

Kunzite (bottom): 51.04 carats
Kunzite (top): 5.49 carats
Diamond:1.56 carats
Gross weight: 21.73 grams

In 1902, an unknown pink crystal was found in San Diego, California, and sent to the legendary Tiffany & Co. mineralogist George F Kunz - after whom the gemstone is named. He recognised it as a unique variant of the mineral spodumene, occurring in shades of pink and violet. The soft colour, seen in lots 91, 92 and 168, comes from trace amounts of manganese. Currently, kunzite supplies come mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and several deposits are also found in California.

Kunzite crystals are often large, with relatively few inclusions, and make for fine finished gems usually ranging from 10-40 carats. The largest kunzite in the world, a faceted heart-shaped crystal weighing 880 carats, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution. One of the most famous pieces of jewellery made with this gemstone was a ring set with a 47-carat cushion-cut kunzite, belonging to the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy.

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  Lot 91 of 174  

15-16 OCTOBER 2019

$8,575 - 11,430
Rs 6,00,000 - 8,00,000

Winning Bid
Rs 5,90,065
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


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