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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Hall Sapphire Necklace

Photograph of the mounted Hall sapphire and diamond necklace (NMNH G8044)
Photo by Chip Clark. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G8044-00
Weight 195 ct

Gift of Mrs. Evelyn A. Hall in 1979.This object was designed by Harry Winston, Inc.

The Hall Sapphire Necklace, designed by Harry Winston, Inc., features 36 cushion-cut sapphires from Sri Lanka, totaling 195 carats, set in platinum. Their soft sky blue color is accented by 435 pear-shaped and round brilliant-cut diamonds, totaling 83.75 carats. The Hall Sapphire Necklace is a magnificent display of extremely well-matched sapphires of incredible size and amazing quality. Sri Lanka has been an important source of sapphires, rubies, and other gemstones for more than 2,000 years. The stones that have eroded from Sri Lanka’s central mountains are still picked by hand from alluvial gravel deposits that cover most of the southern half of the island. Sapphires from Sri Lanka are typically light to medium blue in color and can be very large in size. The exquisite Hall Sapphire Necklace was donated by Mrs. Evelyn Annenberg Hall to the Smithsonian in 1979 and is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History.



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