A stunning Pigeon’s Blood Burma ruby and diamond ring by Oscar Heyman set with a beautiful 5.01ct cushion shaped Burmese ruby with the prized ‘Pigeon’s Blood’ colour, claw set in 18ct yellow gold between shoulders set with half-moon shaped diamonds weighing 1.01cts together, claw set in platinum to a finely reeded tapering band. Historically, the term ‘pigeon’s blood’ has been used to describe the most beautiful and coveted colour for rubies. Originating in Burma, only rubies of the finest vivid red colour with deep saturation and which showed a soft red fluorescence in daylight were referred to this way, allegedly due to their similarity to the colour of a pigeon’s blood. This ruby does indeed have the most wonderful colour, a true vivid red without pink or brown tones it really is sublime. It has been set simply with minimal metal and a pair of diamond half-moons to add some sparkle but this ring really is all about that ruby.
5.01ct cushion shaped faceted ruby with GIA certificate stating Burma (Myanmar) – origin, colour Vivid red -Pigeon’s Blood and Minor heat treatment and
GRS certificate stating Burma (Myanmar) – origin, colour Vivid red -Pigeon’s Blood and Insignificant heat treatment.
Platinum and 18ct yellow gold with Oscar Heyman maker’s mark and number
UK finger size K, US size 5.25
Head 0.43″ / 1.11cm wide, band 0.06″ / 1.6mm wide at centre back
Rubies mined in Burma have long been held as the absolute ideal in terms of colour for a ruby, they are an exceptionally beautiful rich deep red with neither too much brown nor pink in it. The term ‘pigeon’s blood’ has historically been used in an attempt to define this colour that is found in the best examples produced by this region. The Mogok Valley in Upper Burma (now known as Myanmar) has been the world’s primary ruby source for centuries and the origins of the mines are swathed in mystery and legend. What is certain is that references to these gems have been found dating back to the Shan Dynasty in the 6th Century. The mines were taken over by the King of Burma in 1597 and all rubies over a certain size had to be given to him on discovery rather than sold. Today there are many different mines in the area both privately owned and government run. New deposits were found in the Mong Hsu area of the country in the 1990’s and more recently a new source has been discovered in the northern region of Namya.