Geneva:Â A 35-carat cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire has fetched a whopping $7.3 million.
The sale, to a private anonymous Asian buyer, set a world record for a Kashmir sapphire at $209,689 per carat, Christie’s, the auction house, said in a statement.
The exceptional gem was the third top-selling lot at the auction, which totalled $97,515,535.
The top lot was a 5.18-carat, VS2, rectangular-cut, fancy vivid pink diamond and diamond ring that sold to an anonymous buyer who placed the winning phone bid, establishing a price of $10,709,442, or $2,067,459 per carat.
The second top lot of the sale was a 55.52-carat, D, flawless, pear-shaped type IIa diamond thatÂ sold to an Asian private for $9,033,721, or $162,711 per carat.
Kashmir sapphires are sought after for their rich cornflower blue or velvety blue colour.
Sapphire-bearing rock deep in the North-Western Himalayas was exposed in a rock slide in 1881, prompting a rush of mining activity. The mines were exhausted by the 1930s.
The cushion-shaped sapphire ring that was soldÂ on WednesdayÂ is set with triangular-cut diamond shoulders and baguette-cut diamonds elsewhere, mounted in gold. The sapphire is of the notable velvety hue often compared to the colour of a peacock’s neck feathers.
(With inputs from PTI)