A Few Famous Fine Rubies
The Sunrise Ruby
The price-per-carat of fine rubies is constantly rising. Previous records include the "Graff Ruby"; an 8.62-carat gemstone which achieved $8.6 million ($997,727 per carat) at Sotheby's in November 2014. The Alan Caplan Ruby (also known as the Mogok Ruby) was also auctioned for a record-breaking price of $227,301 per carat at Sotheby's in 1988. As its other name suggests, the Alan Caplan Ruby is from Mogok, Burma. It is a cushion-cut gem that weighs 15.97 carats and is eye clean. It was acquired by Graff of London. Another price-per-carat record for a ruby was held by the 8.24-carat Richard Burton Ruby, which sold for $4.2 million at Christie's in 2011.
The Liberty Bell Ruby
Another of the largest uncut rubies in the world is a 150 kilogram stone, which was offered for sale by a retired businessman in Dubai in 2012. The incredible gem was purchased from miners in Tanzania by Muhammed Jetha. Mr. Jetha held onto the stone for almost 20 years before deciding to sell it.
The Rosser Reeves Ruby
Another beautiful star ruby donated to an American museum is the DeLong Star Ruby; a 100.32-carat Burmese star ruby. It is named after Mrs. Edith Haggin de Long, who acquired the gemstone and donated it to the American Museum of Natural History, New York. However, during a jewel heist in 1964, the DeLong Star Ruby, the Star of India and many other priceless jewels were stolen. Luckily, the thieves were caught and these and some of the other stolen jewels were later recovered. The DeLong Star Ruby was ransomed for $25,000 and is now in its rightful place at the American Museum of Natural History.
While the above gemstones are by no means a comprehensive list, they are all equally remarkable. When it comes to record-breaking rubies, new records are always being set, such as, the largest cut rubies, uncut rubies and the most expensive rubies sold at auction. This is because of increasing prices, continuous mining and new discoveries. If you would like to read more about beautiful red rubies, check out our article about the Carmen Lucia Ruby and our ruby gemstone information.
- First Published: March-07-2016
- Last Updated: March-30-2017
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