Rare European Ruby Rough and Cut
Lot 1238
Rare European Ruby Rough and Cut
US$ 1,000 - 1,500
£610 - 920

Lot Details
Rare European Ruby Rough and Cut
near the town of Prilep, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
The Ottoman Turks actively mined the only known European rubies at this location for nearly 300 years after their conquest of the region in the year 1389. Due to the mainly opaque nature of the ruby from this locality most of the stones were used for decorative purposes to adorn daggers, swords, armor and turbans of the pashas and high ranking Turkish officials. Present day production is very sporadic and accidental finds are associated with the mining of dolomite marble at the quarry near the town of Prilep. The present offering is a huge pinkish-red single crystal of hexagonal outline, weighing approximately 820 carats and measuring 46 x 46 mm; together with a carved oval cabochon, adorned with a the Turkish symbol of the crescent moon and star, weighing approximately 31.19 carats and measuring 23.5 x 28mm. (2)

Footnotes

  • Reference to this find and locality is described in the book "Ruby and Sapphire", 1997, by Richard W. Hughes on page 380.
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Item contains ruby or jadeite

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