Lot 99

Rectangular tanzanite centred on a diamond-set shank in 18 K white gold. Stamped '750'.

Tanzanite: 21.88 carats
Diamond: 2.27 carats
Gross weight: 12.35 grams

Ring size: American 6 3/4, English N

A recent addition to the world of coloured stones, tanzanite was discovered in 1967 by a Masai tribesman named Ali Juuyawatu, who came across a cluster of iridescent blue crystals in the Merelani Hills of Tanzania. Initially mistaken for sapphires, their potential was soon recognised in the international jewellery market. Tiffany's struck a deal to become its main distributor, naming the crystal "Tanzanite," and Henry Platt, former president of Tiffany's, stated that it was "the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2000 years." Tanzanite, which is found only in the city of Arusha in Tanzania, soon became a favourite with leading jewellery designers and gem professionals. A variety of the mineral zoisite, in their natural state, tanzanite crystals radiate three colours - blue, violet and brown; while the colours of polished and cut stones can range from a light lilac to a deep indigo.

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  Lot 99 of 174  

15-16 OCTOBER 2019

Rs 8,00,000 - 10,00,000
$11,430 - 14,290

Winning Bid
Rs 16,04,250
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


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