AUCTION – 20-carat red spinel highlights Bonhams auction in Los Angeles on May 2

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The star of the upcoming Bonhams Fine Gems, Opals and Lapidary Arts sale on May 2 in Los Angeles, is a Burmese 20.36 carat exceptional red spinel (estimate $350,000-450,000), faceted as an “old world” cushion-cut.

It was discovered in the 1970s and combines exceptional color, clarity and luster as well as unheard of size.

AUCTION – 20-carat red spinel highlights Bonhams auction in Los Angeles on May 2

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Additionally, the sale will feature a multi-color “Queen Conch” necklace (estimate $120,000-150,000):

AUCTION – 20-carat red spinel highlights Bonhams auction in Los Angeles on May 2

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Another highlight is a ruby, platinum and diamond ring (estimate $70,000-80,000): 

AUCTION – 20-carat red spinel highlights Bonhams auction in Los Angeles on May 2

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