In a remarkable event, the largest ruby ever to be put up for auction has been sold in New York, fetching a staggering sum of approximately $35 million (£28 million). This extraordinary gemstone, weighing an impressive 55.22 carats, was unearthed last year in a mine located in Mozambique.
Originally uncut, the ruby weighed an astonishing 101 carats. It has been given the name “Estrela de Fura,” which translates to “Star of Fura” in Portuguese. The name pays homage to the mining company responsible for its discovery. Rubies of such size and quality, once polished, are exceptionally rare, making this gem a truly exceptional find.
Sotheby’s, the renowned auction house responsible for the sale, described the ruby as a “once-in-a-lifetime” jewel. Its unparalleled beauty and rarity captivated the attention of collectors and enthusiasts alike, resulting in a record-breaking price.
The same auction also witnessed another significant achievement, as a pink diamond from Botswana set a new record. Weighing 10.5 carats, this exquisite gem, described as a fancy purplish-pink stone, fetched just under $35 million.
The sale of these remarkable gemstones has captivated the world, highlighting their exceptional beauty and rarity. Collectors and enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of such extraordinary treasures at prestigious auctions like this one.