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Hong Kong Tatler - - Jewellery -

While it should never be the main mea­sure of value, ori­gin of­ten af­fects price. When buy­ing a gem, per­sonal pref­er­ence is im­por­tant, but you should know what you’re buy­ing. If you don’t know, find out. Im­por­tant gems should come with a re­port from a trusted gem­mo­log­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory in­di­cat­ing coun­try of ori­gin. Although it is not al­ways pos­si­ble to as­cer­tain ori­gin—de­ter­mi­na­tion of ori­gin is a com­plex science—such ob­jec­tive ad­vice can be as in­valu­able as the gem it­self.

From top: 5.91-carat Burmese sap­phire ear­rings; multi-tier neck­lace with Mada­gas­can sap­phires and di­a­monds; 10.7-carat Kash­miri sap­phire and diamond ring, all by Gü­be­lin; sap­phire beads threaded into tas­sels for use in a high-jew­ellery neck­lace by Graff

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