Pink Burma Ruby and Diamond Ring in Platinum, circa 1900, sells at Bonhams for over $18,000 per carat

The antique cushion ruby weighs approximately 1.95 and has rose cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.70ct. mounted in platinum

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  Feb 17, 2021   rgenis


Although this stone is not vivid, stoplight or pigeon blood red, it is a pleasant pinkish red color.  Many collectors desire this color.  Possibly that is why the stone has no grading report?  Sure looks Burma to our eyes from a distance.

It recently sold on February 11, 2021.  It was originally owned by the estate of the Dyer family of California.  Here is more interesting history of the family from Bonham's:

"Clarissa Bowman Dyer, born in Oak Park, Illinois, was the second of three children and her and her family moved to San Francisco in 1928. Set up on a blind date, Clarissa met her future husband George Carter Dyer and they soon married in 1943. George Dyer, a Hillsborough resident and well known in the Bay Area, was born in Honolulu and his family was an original investor in Eastman Kodak Co.

Dyer's family, The Strong family, date their American lineage back to 1630, departing England on the ship "Mary and John" and landing in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Six generations later migrating to Rochester, New York in 1821.

Henry Alvah Strong, George's great-great grandfather, was born August 30, 1838 in Rochester, was the youngest of four children. His Father ran a local newspaper called the Rochester Daily Democrat for thirty years. Henry attended preparatory school in Rochester and then graduated from Wyoming Academy in 1858. After college he worked at the American Exchange Bank and married his wife Helen Phoebe Griffin on August 30, 1859 and they eventually had three children together.

Henry joined the military in 1861, and a was promoted to the rank of Colonel. After the Civil War he returned to Rochester and joined his Uncle's buggy whip manufacturing company. Around the 1870s he and his family moved into a boarding house owned by Marie Eastman, whose son George had an affinity for photography and in the 1880s Henry invested $1000 with George for the founding of his company then known as the Eastman Dry Plate Company where George offered him the job of President. Henry continued to further invest in what became the Eastman Kodak Company where he remained the president and the face of the firm until his death in 1919."

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Source: Bonhams