According to Bonhams, the selection is the largest collection of ‘best in class’ coloured gemstones from around the world and includes Colombian emeralds, Burmese rubies and sapphires from Kashmir and Sri Lanka, as these continue to be in the spotlight.
Graeme Thompson, Head of Jewellery for Bonhams Asia, said, “As part of our first sale of 2017, we are delighted to present some of the rarest and most beautiful gemstones the world has to offer. The increasing popularity of natural coloured gemstones has been driven by growing demand from around the world and interest in them is now widening to newer areas. Many of the world’s coloured gemstones have similar optical properties, such as Madagascar and Kashmir sapphires or rubies from Burma versus those from East Africa. At the moment, gemstones from these newer areas are relatively undervalued when compared to their counterparts from Colombia, Burma and Kashmir, so now is a good time to buy because we expect comparative values to catch up as demand increases.”