The Mountain Star Ruby Collection

Auction Details

  • Auction:
    June 2017

  • Viewing:
    Coming soon

  • Location:
    Americas Society
    680 Park Ave
    New York, NY 10065

  • Online Bidding:
    www.liveauctioneers.com

  • Absentee Bidding:
    By e-mail, mail and telephone

Featured Lots


The Appalachian Star
139.40 Carat


The Promise Star
64.16 Carat



The Misty Star
52.36 Carat


The Smoky Mountain Two Star
86.54 Carat


The Auction

Guernsey's, the New York City-based auction house, is pleased to present the Mountain Star Ruby Collection, to be auctioned live June 2017 at the Americas Society at 680 Park Avenue, with online bidding at liveauctioneers.com.


Consisting of four extraordinary star rubies – each with an exquisite star* and collectively weighing in at 342 carats – experts have described the Mountain Star Ruby Collection as possibly the finest in the world. (*The Smoky Mountain Two Star Ruby, as its name suggests, has distinctive stars on both front and back.) Volumes could easily be written about the remarkable discovery by a modest mountain man from western North Carolina who, as a self-described "rock hound," was constantly in search of rare and unusual stones in his native Appalachia. Star rubies, such as the fabled Rajaratna Star Ruby in Bangalore, are the rarest form of ruby and have been coveted for centuries. Most often discovered in areas of Burma and Sri Lanka, the Mountain Star Ruby Collection is all the more astounding for its North American origin.


Following their discovery in 1990, the four stones were examined by the leading gemological testing labs in the U.S. and Europe prior to an exhibition of the 139 carat Appalachian Star at the Natural History Museum, London where a record audience of 150,000 people viewed the ruby over a two week period. Shortly thereafter, the gentleman who found the stones passed away and the Collection was returned to his family where it has quietly resided ever since.


The acclaim that the Appalachian Star and its companion stones have received from both gemologists and connoisseurs speaks clearly of the quality of North Carolina’s gem resources and the significance of the Mountain Star Ruby Collection.



For additional information visit www.guernseys.com or contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280. For media inquiries or to request an interview, please contact Lori Rosen at 212.255.8910 or Lori@rosengrouppr.com

Online Bidding

Those who are interested in participating can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at www.liveauctioneers.com.


Links

Interested bidders should also review the Terms & Conditions, as well as the Bidder Agreement form, and the Absentee Bid form.


Press

Guernsey's welcomes inquiries from the media regarding both past and upcoming events. A PDF copy of the press release and links to media coverage of The Mountar Star Ruby Collection are available below:


Press Release (June 3)