Some Smithsonian sapphires — stones with a great backstory
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The Star of Artaban
Have you ever read The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke? Artaban, the fourth Wise Man, was on his way to Bethlehem, but failed to meet up with the Magi. The Star of Artaban was the sapphire (together with a red ruby and a white pearl) he was going to give the Christ Child, along with the gold, frankincense and myrrh. Fast forward to Jerry Weintraub, famed film producer, talent agent and concert promoter. His father Sam was a gem dealer from the Bronx who bought a huge Ceylon sapphire cheap in an estate sale, had a fine case custom built for it, named it The Star of Artaban and held a press conference. Which just shows what marketing can do. The milky blue 287 carat cabochon-cut star sapphire was purchased by a member of the Georgia Mineral Society, possibly a Mr. Ingram, and presented anonymously to the National Museum in Washington in 1943.
Hall Sapphire and Diamond Necklace
Heiress Janet Annenberg Hooker was the principal benefactor of the Smithsonian’s National Gem and Mineral Collection of the Smithsonian Institution, and her sister, Evelyn Annenberg Jaffe Hall, famous for her gifts to the Museum of Modern Art and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, donated this spectacular, Harry Winston-designed necklace to them in 1979. Its 36 perfectly matched cushion-cut Ceylonese sky blue sapphires weigh 195 carats, and are accented by 83 carats of pear-shaped and round brilliant-cut diamonds.
The Star of Asia
Originally from the Mogok Mines of Burma, the 330 carat cabochon-cut star sapphire christened Star of Asia was sold to revered gem dealer Jacques V. Masson, whose best-selling writer son Jeff now lives in Sydney, when he was travelling in Ceylon in 1960. It was said to have belonged to the Maharajah of Jodhpur, but certainly Jacques sold it to Martin Leo Ehrmann, a renowned gemstone and minerals collector and dealer, who sold it to one of his best clients, the Smithsonian, in 1961.
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