Burma Sapphire and Diamond Ring, 8.19 carats

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The breathtaking color and rarity of this natural, â??no-heatâ?? Burma sapphire is perfectly presented in this fabulous platinum ring. This 8.19-carat sapphire exhibits the perfect velvety blue, the color most prized in Burma sapphires. The stone is shaped in a beautiful cushion form with a modified brilliant/step cut, and flanked by two half moon-shaped diamonds weighing 1.10 total carats. This sapphire is certified by the Gubelin GemLab to be natural with no heat treatment and Burmese in origin.

For centuries, Burma has been associated with the world's finest sapphires and its history is rich with intrigue. Burma was a bountiful source of both sapphires and rubies for more than 1,000 years, though the best stones were never allowed to leave the kingdom. Until the middle of the 19th century, the Burmese king commanded that any and all gemstones weighing more than 5.00 carats would become the possession of the kingdom of Burma. Miners, anxious to sell their gems, broke many magnificent sapphires into pieces smaller than 5.00 carats so as to bypass the kingâ??s law. Sapphires such as this, weighing over 5.00 carats, are exceptionally rare and precious. Furthermore, in 1962, the borders of Burma were closed due to political unrest, all but shutting down the mining of glorious sapphires. The opportunity to acquire a Burma stone of such substantial size and perfect color, is indeed, a rarity.
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21st Century
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New Orleans, LA
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