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72 carat rose jewel worth CHF 14.8 million (£10.1 million), which was auctioned at the Magnificent Jewels and Nobel Jewels gold and silver auctions in May.
Sotheby' s sells an 8.41 carats of rose stone in October 2014, which has been differently carved, for 11.3 million pounds. On Tuesday's Tuesday sale, a set of Cartier sapphire from Myanmar and a set of Myanmar sapphire pierced jewelry rings were auctioned for 3.4 million CHF (2.5 million pounds). The competing Christie's is holding its Wednesday auctions in Geneva.
Gemstone Portrait: Pigeon Blood Ruby
In 1977, when I began to write about coloured stone, the expression "pigeon blood" was a connoisseurs' word reserved for a fistful of jewels that were perceived by the traders as completely coloured. It incorporates colour and sound elements into an intuitively esthetic judgement that draws on a wealth of past experiences. In order to be considered a "pigeon blood" ruby, the rocks had to be of detectable Myanmar origins and show no signs of thermal retreat.
Initially, the concept was very restricted. The name should never be used as a gemmological or colour name. In fact, during an interviewer with the renowned 46-th Street editor Reggie Miller, he phoned two intimate merchant acquaintances to consult and consent that the gemstones he showed me were specimens of the notion.
This colour, which the author Richard Hughes calls "traffic lights red" and the trader Benjamin Zucker once compared to the colour of a Marlboro tobacco pack, was captivating, memorable and rare to see. Forward to today, when a laboratory test that described a ruby as "pigeon blood" is practically needed for the sales of a significant ruby, resulting in a Bulls' Fair in dove bloods.
Have the overall ruby qualities surpassed on the marked? Are we witnessing a colour level inflexion balloon on the ruby markets? In order to find an explanation for this issue, we have to take a close look at the use of "pigeon blood" in the past and retrace it back to the present time. There is no reference to the particular blood -derived beast.
On his Lotus Labs website, where Hughes periodically updated his results on this concept, he mentioned the concept of "pigeon blood red" as a reference word for Rubin from 1849. Hughes, who is as funny as he is thorough, eventually manages it himself by skilfully likening the colour of rubies to the traffic-light colour of pigeon-eyes.
When " dove blood " became the established name for the Myanmar ruby, the word analog. There has been no effort to link them to a colorimetric and/or communications system such as Munsell or CIE. A few checkers that got the top marks 3, 0 and 3. Five were compared to "pigeon blood," others not.
Extraordinarily unusual rocks, which the laboratory called "pigeon blood red", received this award only in specific, detailled enclosures that accompany their accounts. This is still the principle of the laboratory for the use of the concept "pigeon blood". The gemmologist Adi (short for Adolf) Peretti is generally recognised as the person in charge of the laboratory takeover of "pigeon blood" as a wide colour group.
His GRS laboratory in Bangkok began publishing records for aluminium oxide in 1998, which extended the suitability of ruby for the coveted term "pigeon blood red" to stone regardless of its place of provenance. "There is no point in disqualifying areas of mine that rely on a colour sorting system that allows only those with a legacy (e.g. "pigeon blood" that is only given by Myanmar rubies)," explains MrPeretti in his web site.
Meanwhile Mozambique rocks in colour are supposed to compete with Mogok. However, the use of the word "pigeon blood red" - whether intentional or not - is a confirmation of Burmese mysticism. The second issue arises when creating a colour level specification on a metaphorical notion.