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Corundum (variety: Sapphire)

The Hall sapphire and diamond necklace, designed by Harry Winston, Inc., features 36 matched sapphires from Sri Lanka, totaling 195 carats. Their soft sky blue color is accented by 435 pear-shaped and round brilliant-cut diamonds, totaling 83.75 carats. Sri Lanka has been an important souce 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.

Image Number: 97-35728
Catalog Number: G8044
Weight: 195 carats
Gift of Mrs. Evelyn Annenberg Hall , 1979

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