Since sapphire is my birthstone, I wanted to fine, well, a magnificent example. And this is exactly how this piece was described by Christies when this pendant came up for auction in 2003.
They described it as, “A MAGNIFICENT AND HISTORIC SAPPHIRE PENDANT, BY CARTIER. The cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 478.68 carats held by diamond floral motifs at three points, diamond frame to the reverse and suspension hoop, with French assay mark for platinum
With maker’s mark HP flanking an ace of spades for the French workshop of Henri Picq, no. 5026 to the suspension hoop
With report no. 41140 dated 15 May 2003 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the sapphire is of Sri Lankan origin, no indications of thermal enhancement.”
The piece went for above estimate, selling for CHF1,916,000. Who says diamonds are a girl’s best friend?…