A red ruby is about to ignite Vienna. The stone is mounted on a 1960 Cartier cocktail-style ring, which will be auctioned on June 23 at Dorotheum along with 200 other jewels. The gem is a rare Burmese ruby, set in the center of the ring, it is untreated and comes from the Mogok mines. According to the gemological examination, the stone has a rare shade, between purplish red and pink, and is surrounded by individually set diamonds. The estimate is between 160,000 and 260,000 euros.
The cocktail ring became famous in the 1920s, in the United States of prohibition and today all the best known jewelers have included this type of jewel in their catalog. Another example of the Dorotheum auction comes from Bulgari: an untreated blue sapphire of 3.25 carats from Sri Lanka, framed by numerous diamonds and brilliants. another lot that stands out is a jewelry set in the shape of a butterfly signed by Chantecler and consisting of a ring and a pair of earrings. Numerous diamonds, rubies and emeralds are worked in a fascinating and detailed ensemble.
Among the jewels on sale there is also another untreated Burmese sapphire (4.59 carats) in a diamond ring, earrings with two 14-carat emeralds and with diamonds for about 2.40 carats. Again: a 1970 set by Van Cleef & Arpels, consisting of four bracelets with about 6 carats of diamonds and a Freemasons necklace set with about 30 carats of diamonds. Finally, a necklace with about 45 carats of sapphires and diamonds, which comes from “ancient European nobility”.