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Set with a cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire weighing 12.19 carats， flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds， mounted in 18K gold， ring size 6 1/2
SSEF， 2018， report no. 101938， 12.194 carats， Kashmir， no indications of heating
Gübelin， 2018， report no.18071081， 12.19 carats， Kashmir， no indication of heating， information sheet titled unheated sapphires
GRS， 2018， report no. GRS2018-078776， 12.19 carats， Kashmir， no indications of heating， GRS type ‘royal blue’
Kashmir， a remote region which has the finest specimens and defines the northern most borders between China， India， Pakistan and Afghanistan. The gems are formed by the intersecting movement of three prominent mountain ranges including The Himalayas. Above the earth’s surface， the panorama of jagged rocks， glaciers， lakes and waterfalls is beyond magnificent. What is more， the tectonic movements underneath create complex conditions in Kashmir， where limestone comes into contact with an intruding Pegmatite. The extremely high temperature and pressure， and sometime a rare silicon-free environment were ideal for sapphire growth.
The legendarily exquisite sapphires from Kashmir have been disclosed after a rock slide in the Himalaya Mountains in 1881. Although Kashmir has produced only a limited number of gems since then， the soft， velvety blue of Kashmir sapphires remains the epitome of this gem variety， and is highly regarded by connoisseurs and collectors alike. Gentle and demanding at the same moment， both gleaming and flattering， the typical hue of Kashmir sapphires is among the most sought after colors. The velvety blue of this sapphire is due to very fine and subtle inclusions and a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the gemstone， which are typical and characteristic for the finest sapphires of Kashmir.
A Kashmir sapphire with excellent quality and size is extremely rare to be found and every time record- breaking. Undoubtedly， this 12.19 carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring is one of the finest Kashmir sapphires in honor of its saturated and homogeneous color， high degree of transparency， very fine purity， and a perfect cut， which could be considered very rare and exceptional.
The item is held under the bonded status， please check the NOTICE ON AUCTION OF BONDED LOTS in this catalogue for details.