Just recently, Christie’s sold a record price of $6.4 million for a 87.8 carats of Burmese ruby and diamond necklace in Hong Kong. This goes to show that Red Rubies are still popular and even valuable just like top quality colorless and fancy diamonds. A few rubies have distinguished themselves because of their sizes and extraordinary beauty,here are a few list of some famous and remarkable rubies found in history.
1.) Graff Ruby – A well known cushion cut Burmese ruby with a weight of 8.62 carats. In February 2006, It was bought by a famous and credited London diamond and gemstone dealer Lawrence Graff. Graff paid a $3,637,480.00 at Christie’s. I was a new record price per carat of $421, 981. 43.
2.) Alan Caplan Ruby – Named after Alan Caplan, a famous mineralogist and gemstone dealer who acquired the stone in Burma. This stone is also known as “Mogok Ruby”, derive from source of this fine gemstone. This 15.97 carat Burmese stone was then sold by Sotheby’s in New York for $3,630,000 per carat of $227,301 last October 18, 1988.
3.) The Carmen Lúcia Ruby – This is one of the finest and largest faceted Burmese rubies known. The stone was also mined from the fabled Mogok region of Burma in the 1930s.
4.) Rosser Reeves Ruby – Donated at Smithsonian Institution in Washington in 1965 by Rosser Reeves, this 138.7 carats ruby is one of the world’s largest and finest star rubies. Originally, the stone weighs around 140 carats, but was heavily scratched. After polishing, the stone weights 138.7 and made to center the stone’s star.
5.) DeLong Star Ruby – Another remarkable star ruby that can be found at the Natural History Museum in New York City. This deep purplish red ruby weighs 100.32 carats and has an eye-catching 6-rayed star effect. The stones was purchased by Edith Haggin de Long from Martin Ehrmann for $21,400, who later donated the stone to the Museum.
6.) Nawata Ruby – An exceptional ruby gemstone that weighs 496.5 carats, and is a national treasure of the Union of Myanmar. It is also called SLORC Ruby (State Law and Order Restoration Commitee) and has an interesting story in history.
7.) Hixon Ruby – A 196.10 carats gemstone donated to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles in 1978 by Frederick Hixon. It is one of the finest Burmese ruby crystals discovered to date.
8.) The Hope Ruby – The most expensive cushion-shaped ruby ring weighing 32.08 carats and had a recorded auction price of $6.74 million. The auctioned price was the highest ever price for a ruby sold at auction.
9.) Burmese Ruby Tiara – Queen Elizabeth commissioned this tiara from Garrard & Co in 1973 using the rubies and diamonds in her private collection. A total of 96 rubies are set into the tiara. The rubies were a wedding present by the Burmese people, after whom the tiara was named.
10.) Burmese ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera – As I’ve mention this was the highest price ever paid for a ruby necklace at an auction. It weighs a total of 87.8 carats at $6.4 million.