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Unheated Red-Orange (Not-Ruby) Sapphire 5.26 (OSH526)

Deep reddish orange Ceylon sapphire
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5.26 Carat
Deep Red-Orange
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions



  • Identification: Natural Unheated & Untreated Red-Orange Sapphire
  • Carat: 5.26
  • Shape: Heart
  • Measures: 11.86x10.32x5.10 (millimeter)
  • Color Grade: Very Good
  • Tone: MD75
  • Clarity: Free of Inclusions
  • Cutting Grade: Very Good+
    o  Brilliancy: 50%
    o       Depth: 49%

  • Origin: Madagascar
  • Treatment: None


Certificate No: AIGS GF1207161 (see 'more images)

Overall Grade: Very Good+ ('+' for size and almost-ruby)

Comment: Ruby or sapphire between orange and red, this giant was certified as sapphire by AIGS, thus priced as orange sapphire. Rich orange-red, glowing like fresh ember in even the lowest tungsten light, deep red with a good dash of orange in normal daylight. Bigger than a 'normal' five carats heart with a face-up of 12x10mm and yet no  see-through window to bemoan (thanks to the dense but vivid crystal), plus no treatments and no inclusions = 3Nos quality with a rare 'free of inclusions' in such size. No purple, no pink, only red and orange in disputable shares. Rare color strength in unheated corundum of any size. Romantic? Very much so! Straight from princess-land, a gemstone so impressive one may weave a story around it: 'the queen's favorite jewel bequeathed in her dying hour to the only son to keep secret from the greedy king until the son finds whom the gem will identify as the right ONE by breaking apart, a fact the king must never know or the son will perish in a dungeon, forever alone since the king doesn't want the precious jewel to break'. Other than most heart-shapes this beauty was cut in perfect symmetry, without twisted edges or jagged bows, evenly mirrored through the center (to break in two equal pieces, one for the prince and one for the newly found princess to overthrow the evil king...). In this size and color, a remarkable find, five carat red-orange sapphire. Let's set it in platinum, sprinkle a dozen small diamonds around - a truly magic gift, generation-spanning, eternal tax-free value on top.

P.S. In case you prefer a 100% ruby in similar shape and red-only, treble certified, you may check out this romance of a gem. Possible for a very extroverted pair of earrings.

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