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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Diamond and Sapphire Ring

Diamond and Sapphire Ring (NMNH G8503-00) from the National Gem Collection.
Photo by Ken Larsen. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G8503-00
Weight 5.32 ct

Gift of Burstein family in 1980.

This ring was given to the Smithsonian in 1980 by the Burstein family. It features an amazing emerald-cut diamond that weighs 5.32cts and a step-cut blue sapphire that weighs 8.12cts. The gems are set side-by-side, accented with tapered baguette cut diamonds in a platinum ring mounting. The diamond is very high quality and the sapphire is special due to its cut and the beautiful deep blue color. This 2-stone ring is a very sophisticated, unusual, modern look; a classic design that was popular from the 1970s to 1980s and was most likely fabricated during that period.


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