Illuminated Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Gold Flower Study--"Bleeding Hearts"
By Manfred Wild
A northern European woodland flower, interpreted by Europe's foremost lapidary creator who has left nothing to be desired in terms of quality of materials selected and the execution of this flower study. The Bleeding Heart blossoms are comprised of fifteen gem-quality ruby flowers carved of East African material from the renowned John Saul Mine in Tanzania, weighing approximately 152 carats total, while white kascholong opals from the Caspian Sea form the pistils. Twelve bright green leaves carved of translucent Brazilian emerald grace the composition, weighing approximately 183.5 carats. Decorated with 109 pave-set diamonds, with a total approximate weight of 1.10 carats. The vase is formed of carved rock crystal with four sapphire slabs inset to the side as well as 2 marquise-shaped ruby cabochons and two triangular-shaped emerald cabochons. Approximately 220 grams (7 ozt) of 18K gold decorate the piece. The removable base of Russian black obsidian has a built-in LED light allowing the rock crystal and sapphire base to be illuminated from within. Height 9 in