Gemfields, the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, has discovered an exceptionally rare pair of matching Mozambican rubies, totalling 45 carats.
The two rough rubies will now form one of the highlights at the company’s much-anticipated ruby auction in Singapore next week.
This find follows the discovery of the 40 carat ‘Rhino Ruby’ last year at the Montepuez deposit, which at 340 square kilometres, is thought to be one the most significant ruby mining concessions in the world today. Importantly, several independent gemmological laboratories have confirmed that certain Mozambican rubies display the ‘pigeon blood’ colour previously reserved for rubies from Burma.
Ian Harebottle, chief executive officer of Gemfields, said: “It is extremely rare to find two matching rubies of this size, colour and quality. Their discovery underscores the importance of the Montepuez deposit as a source of some of the highest quality rubies the world has seen in generations. If this remarkable matching pair was to make it to the Paris Biennale in 2016 they would simply steal the show!”
The Gemfields auction of higher-grade uncut rubies takes place from June 16 to 21 in Singapore.
The coloured gemstone market has seen several records broken in recent months. Most notably, a 25.59 carat Burmese ruby sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for US$ 30.3 million, making it the most expensive ruby ever sold at auction and setting a ruby world record of almost US$ 1.2 million per carat.