RUBY NEWS – Estrela de Fura sets world record for ruby sold at auction, at USD 34.8 million

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST GEM-QUALITY RUBY IN EXISTENCE, THE ESTRELA DE FURA, A 55.22 CARAT MOZAMBIQUE RUBY, SOLD FOR USD 34.8 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S MAGNIFICENT JEWELS AUCTION.
THIS IS A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR A RUBY AND ANY COLOURED GEMSTONE SOLD AT AUCTION
RUBY NEWS – Estrela de Fura sets world record for ruby sold at auction, at USD 34.8 million
NEW YORK – A new benchmark was set in the gems and jewellery industry, as the ‘Estrela de FURA’, a 55.22 carat ruby, the largest gem quality ruby of its kind ever to appear at auction, sold for USD 34.8 million, a world record for a ruby and any coloured gemstone sold at auction, during the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale on June 8, 2023.
RUBY NEWS – Estrela de Fura sets world record for ruby sold at auction, at USD 34.8 million
Dev Shetty, Founder and CEO of FURA Gems, said: “This remarkable achievement represents a monumental milestone in FURA Gems’ incredible journey. In just five years, our company has experienced extraordinary growth, culminating in a historic moment where we proudly set a  world record for any ruby or coloured gemstone sold at auction.
“Estrela de FURA 55.22 is a once in a generation discovery, the ultimate representation of FURA Mozambique rubies. This ruby is a gift from mother earth, and its new owners will carry an  enormous legacy for many years to come.
“The achievement not only validates our belief but also establishes a significant achievement for FURA Gems, and sets a precedent for Mozambique rubies, elevating them to the esteemed status of their Burmese counterparts.
“I am particularly proud of this accomplishment, which recognizes the commitment and hard work of our team. I take this opportunity to thank the community and government of Mozambique for its continued support.”
RUBY NEWS – Estrela de Fura sets world record for ruby sold at auction, at USD 34.8 million
Dev Shetty
The record-breaking price of USD 34.8 million achieved by the ‘Estrela de FURA’ surpasses the previous record held by the ‘Sunrise Ruby,’ a 25.59-carat Burmese stone that sold for USD 30.3 million at Sotheby’s Geneva in May 2015.
This gem, recently cut from an exceptional 101-carat rough was discovered at FURA Gems’ ruby mine in Mozambique, one of the largest ruby deposits in the world, in July 2022. In its masterfully  crafted, newly formed state, it re-emerged as the largest gem-quality ruby to ever  appear at auction. Rubies of this magnitude and significance are exceedingly rare, with only two  examples having surpassed the $15 million mark at auction, making the unveiling of this flawless  gem a landmark event.
Quig Bruning, Head of Sotheby’s Jewelry, Americas, said: “Today, we witnessed the historic sale of a Mozambican Ruby, one of the most exquisite and important gemstones to ever hit the auction block. It’s difficult to express the range of emotions I felt when I first laid eyes on the ‘Estrela de  FURA 55.22’, but to put it simply, I was entranced. With its unprecedented size, piercing color and  rare degree of optical transparency and clarity, it truly deserved the record-breaking price  today, as it now joins the ranks of the world’s most legendary gemstones.“
Unearthed from FURA’s ruby mine in Mozambique, in July 2022, this remarkable gemstone,  weighing 101 carats, was aptly named ‘Estrela de FURA’ (Star of FURA in Portuguese).
The name pays homage to its exceptional depth of color and size while highlighting Mozambique as a rich source of premium-quality rubies.
Even in its rough, untouched state, ‘Estrela’ was considered an exceptional treasure of nature, with experts marvelling at its fluorescence, outstanding clarity, and vivid red hue — a color traditionally associated only with Burmese rubies.
RUBY NEWS – Estrela de Fura sets world record for ruby sold at auction, at USD 34.8 million