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‘Sunrise Ruby’ becomes the highest-selling ruby ever, hammer price of $30 Million

The 25.59-carat, pigeon-blood-red “Sunrise Ruby” completely blew away all estimates and records yesterday when it sold for an astounding $30.4 million at a Swiss Auction.

A close-up of the gorgeous, record-breaking Ruby ring. Courtesy Sothebys.com

A close-up of the gorgeous, record-breaking Ruby ring. Courtesy Sothebys.com

Sotheby’s described The Sunrise Ruby — Lot 502 of the May 12 sale — as a superb and extremely rare ruby and diamond ring by Cartier. The cushion-shaped ruby is set between two shield-shaped white diamonds weighing 2.47 carats and 2.70 carats, respectively.

A grading report by Gübelin states that the ruby is of Burmese origin and exhibits a well-proportioned cutting style.

Notes the report, “Its vivid but saturated color, poetically referred to as pigeon blood red, is due to a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the stone, typical and characteristic for the finest rubies of Mogok.”

The Ruby ring examined before being put up for auction last night. Image courtesy of Sothebys.com
The Ruby ring examined before being put up for auction last night. Image courtesy of Sothebys.com

The Sunrise Ruby easily eclipsed initial investor’s estimates of a hammer price between $12-18 million, soaring past the necessary $25 million mark to become the most expensive gem that wasn’t a diamond ever sold.

“Something like this ruby is rarer than even once-in-a-lifetime. This is a millennium piece,” said Chief Designer Koorosh Daneshgar, owner of Wedding Bands & Co. “The beauty of the stone, how perfectly it’s cut…it’s something that can only be described as flawless. It is as much a work of art as it is a gorgeous stone.”

“This is exactly the kind of feeling you want when you design a ring as well – something that can’t be found anywhere else, that is flawless. You want your own work of art, like this stone, which will be worth more than $30 million. With the right amount of creativity, skill and care, it will be priceless.”

One of the beautiful ruby pieces designed by Koorosh Daneshgar.
One of the beautiful ruby pieces designed by Koorosh Daneshgar.

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A Ring Story: Guest-Starring Val Warner!

When it comes to crafting an engagement ring, each and every piece that we produce is a unique representation of love and devotion. It is because of this stand-apart beauty that, Koorosh’s craft reaches the ears of celebrity clientele. From football players to TV personalities, Ring Master Koorosh Daneshgar has helped design rings for people from all walks of life. Today, we’ll be focusing on the gorgeous engagement ring he designed for Chicago’s own Valerie Warner, TV Host and trusted news reporter.

Valerie Warner, WB&Co Client and TV Host
Valerie Warner, WB&Co Client and TV Host

Val Warner is the co-host of Windy City LIVE, ABC 7 Chicago’s morning talk and entertainment show airing weekdays at 9 am. Prior to joining Windy City LIVE, Val was co-anchor and traffic reporter on WGN-TV’s Morning News. She joined WGN-TV in July 2005 as weekday anchor of the station’s 5:00 am newscast. Valerie is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has been nominated for Emmy Awards.

Val and husband, Jeff.

Wedding Bands & Company fell in love with Valerie Warner long before she joined Windy City Live, and we’ve been inseparable since!  More important than our ‘relationship,’ however, is the love that Val and her husband Jeff share. When he knew that the time was right, Jeff asked us to work together with him to design a ring with so many beautiful diamonds that they’d sparkle like her beautiful eyes. Koorosh and Jeff came up with this unique and dazzling design, inspired by the unique and dazzling Val Warner.

The initial design and center stone.
The initial design and center stone.

 

Chief Designer and Ring Master Koorosh Daneshgar worked long and hard to make Jeff’s dream for Valerie a reality. Using a 2 carat center stone, Koorosh focused on her one big request: to make a ring that would sparkle from any angle it was viewed at!  While difficult, it certainly wasn’t impossible, and what followed was truly breathtaking. “Valerie and Jeff were a lot of fun to work with,” he said. “They both had a lot of positive energy and were very expressive of their desires. This ring will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The finished sketch!
The finished sketch!

What resulted was a stunning, truly unique piece of jewelry that Valerie can claim all to herself. Inspired and based off of a ‘Disco-Ball Design,’ Koorosh surrounded the center stone – which rests at the top of the ring – with many more, smaller diamonds, in a ball around it, as well as on the band itself.

A 3D rendering of Val's final ring.
A 3D rendering of Val’s final ring.

Val and Jeff may share a love that’s unparalleled, but the ring he helped design for her comes in close behind. Even to this day, she cannot stop showing it off and even tweeting about it!

Twitter: @RingMstrKoorosh
Twitter: @RingMstrKoorosh

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Always grateful, Val's signed one of our store books. Come stop by and check it out!
Always grateful, Val’s signed one of our store books. Come stop by and check it out!