INTERVIEW – GEMSTONE SPOTLIGHT (UPDATE 1) – Magnificent unheated sapphire of nearly 50 carats, new to market, has exceptional brilliance and cut


By David Brough

An exceptional and responsibly sourced, unheated Sri Lankan sapphire weighing nearly 50 carats, new to the market in Geneva, has a remarkable brilliance and cut, the Gembridge representative handling the sale said.

The cushion-cut sapphire, extracted from a rough stone weighing 140 carats from the renowned Elahera region in central Sri Lanka, celebrated for its Kashmir-type stones, is available via the Private Sales Arm of digital trading platform Gembridge, representing the sapphire and its owner.

The stone is held at Geneva free port premises.


“This magnificent unheated sapphire has been responsibly managed throughout its journey from mine to market, in tune with the demands of the marketplace,” said Berr & Partners, which represents Gembridge in Geneva.

The stone is available for inspection in Geneva by contacting Berr & Partners, with digital viewing upon request, only for parties who are registered with Gembridge.

“This is a magnificent sapphire with no indications of heating, whose journey has been fully tracked from the mine,” Berr & Partners said, on the sidelines of the GemGenève show (November 4-7, 2021), taking place just before the Christie’s and Sotheby’s magnificent jewels auctions (November 9-10, 2021), a series of events which are attracting top gemstone and jewellery buyers from around the world to the Swiss city.

Helen Molesworth, Gembridge’s Geneva-based Head of Business Development, said: “This remarkable sapphire comes from a region known for yielding stones of exceptional colour. Few stones are coming out of this area these days.

“The sapphire is a remarkably clean crystal for its impressive size. A tiny amount of reflective silk brightens the stone further and hints at its origin and untreated quality.”

To enquire about the sapphire, please contact Berr & Partners via this link: