Due to the fact that he had the ability to acquire some of the rarest stones ever found, such as the 726-carat Jonker and Evalyn Walsh McLean's 94.8-carat Star of the East, Harry Winston was often referred to as the King of Diamonds.
This was due to the fact that he had the ability to purchase these stones. It is a reputation that has endured long beyond the lifespan of the jewelrymogul, with more recent brand acquisitions including the immaculate, colorless 101.73-carat Winston Legacy that was bought in 2013 and the bright 18.96-carat Winston Legacy Pink that was obtained in 2018.
The Winston Sapphire Legacy is the latest jewel to steal the show at Maison's court. It is a 43.1-carat Kashmir sapphire that is set in platinumand dangles from a necklace that is set with a total of 67.5 carats of round-brilliant, square-emerald, pear, and marquise diamonds.
The Kashmir kind of sapphires are among the rarest of all sapphires, but sapphires of this size are even more uncommon.
According to Benoit Repellin, the worldwide head of jewelry for Phillips, the stones were initially discovered after a landslide in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir in the early 1880s.
They were initially traded by locals for salt and other consumer goods; after merchants recognized their value, the Maharaja sent troops to protect and control the mines.
Benoit Repellin told that the stones were first traded by locals for salt and other consumer goods.
And despite the fact that the operation to exhume the stones was finished by the time that century came to a close, the initiative was successful in producing some of the most exquisite sapphires in the world.
According to Repellin:
For connoisseurs and collectors, the most special characteristic of Kashmir sapphires, what elevates them above all other gems, is their unique combination of a rich, intense blue with a soft and velvety appearance.- Benoit Repellin
The velvety blue color, good clarity, enormous size, and substantial weight combine to make a Kashmir sapphire a wonder of nature.
Finding a large crystal in these mines is a great discovery in and of itself, but the combination of these qualities makes a Kashmir sapphire a natural phenomenon.
And, of course, a wonder for collectors, particularly in the context of such an exceptional one-of-a-kind piece.