Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Fine Gemstone: Rainbow Moonstone Parure - 87.0 TCW
    Malawi

    There are gems that although rare, are seen on an infrequent, but still, repetitive basis. There are groupings of those same gems that may appear, but for various reasons, never appear in groups again. As a specific example you see before you a parure of Rainbow Moonstones from Malawi. It is made up of 58 separate gems, of which 56 are cut in a "teardrop" style and two are round brilliant stones. The parure breaks down into: one teardrop weighing 5.29 ct., for a pendant or brooch; two matching round brilliants with two matched teardrops, for earrings; and the remaining 53 teardrops are designed to be a necklace of matched and graduated teardrops. Mark Kaufman, the master lapidary who faceted this material, stated, in a trade article, that out of 100 kg of rough, only 2 kg was facet grade material, and, of that, the yield of finished gems was only 5 to 6 percent. Even as beautiful as these stones are, with a yield of 0.1%, it's no wonder that the miners have given up on the locality. "Beautiful" is definitely an understatement when it comes to these particular Moonstones. Few gem materials exhibit schiller: the floating "cloud of internal light" that is seen, at its best, in this set. These gems are able to return that soft glow from multiple angles, and do so in all colors of the rainbow. This multi-spectral effect is shown by only a very small number of Moonstones of the world and the Malawi ones can be distinguished from the rest by microscopic needle inclusions, and a "moderately strong chalky purplish pink fluorescence under LW-UV, and a weaker greenish yellow luminescence under SW-UV." Talk is cheap, but believe us, when we say, that you will not likely see a set like this ever assembled again.
    Specifics: 58 gemstones, Total Carat Weight: 87.0 cts.


    Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 977

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 April 16 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    While I regret my inability to personally view the work, you provided an excellent substitute for my not being able to do so, and I look forward to future Heritage auctions.
    Allan Rappaport,
    Tiburon, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,749,643