November 28, 2023

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Watch: World’s largest gem-quality ruby Estrela de Fura embarks on world tour

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It was in September 2022 when Fura Gems unearthed the world’s largest gem-quality ruby ever found – weighing an astonishing 101 carats – from their ruby mine in Montepeuz, Mozambique, and unveiled it in Dubai’s Almas Towers. Now, seven months later, following an preliminary sequence of research of the 101 carat tough crystal to find out chopping choices, the stone has been lower and polished by a group of consultants – with the tough reworked right into a cushion-shaped stone, additional enhancing the gemstone’s readability and vivid pink hue.

Weighing a whopping 55.22 carats, Estrela de Fura is the most important gem-quality ruby to ever come to public sale – greater than double the dimensions of The Dawn Ruby, a 25.59 carat Burmese Ruby, which offered for $30.3 million at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2015 and nonetheless holds the world public sale file for a ruby.

“It’s undoubtedly positioned to change into the usual bearer for African rubies – and gems on the whole, bringing international consciousness to their means to be on par with, and even outshine, these from Burma, which have historically been probably the most fascinating and recognizable supply for rubies,” mentioned Quig Bruning, Head of Sotheby’s Jewellery, Americas.

Its mixture of wealthy saturation of coloration, untouched by warmth remedy, extremely crystalline look and incomparable measurement that locations Estrela de Fura 55.22 as probably the most helpful and essential ruby ever to come back to market. “Rubies of this significance and magnitude are exceedingly uncommon, making the looks of the current gem a landmark occasion in itself,” Sotheby’s mentioned in an announcement.

After the stone’s grand unveiling at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, it’ll then embark on a worldwide tour, with exhibitions scheduled in Taipei, China, Singapore, Geneva and Dubai (in Might, alongside the Pink diamond we introduced final week) earlier than it stars in Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels public sale in New York on 8 June.

“From the in-depth evaluation and examine of the stone – by way of the method of chopping and sprucing – we’ve labored with the utmost care and respect for the Ruby, recognizing its significance and stature,” mentioned Dev Shetty, Founder and CEO of Fura Gems. Witnessing the completion of Estrela de Fura 55.22 was a monumental achievement for all of us, and we’re excited {that a} new web page within the story of this unbelievable gem and Mozambican rubies is about to be written with Sotheby’s.”

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