The Kashmir region sits atop India's northern most tip; its fabled mines operating there at an altitude of 15,000 feet produced the world's most coveted sapphires in the late 19th century. Their top color, referred to as cornflower blue can be electric. The intense blue crystals' also give these stones a velvet-like appearance, a unique trait that has made them highly sought after.
Today, the annual output of gem quality sapphires from the region is but a fraction of what was produced in its heyday. Connoisseurs of this material look to top auction houses like Christies to bring these treasures their way.
These particular sapphire ear pendants will be offered at Christies Magnificent Hong Kong Jewels sale along with other important gemstones. The pre-sale estimate for the Kashmir jewels is US$2,600,000 – 3,800,000.
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