Burma (now called Myanmar since gaining independence from the British) is another long time producing country of fine blue sapphires. Usually Burmese sapphires are described as royal blue, typically on the darker side of royal blue. Many gemologists, retailers, auctioneers, and other stone houses will talk very highly of Burmese sapphires being the very best quality sapphires; we do not necessarily agree that this is true and fair. Each sapphire should be graded by its visual appearance for sheer beauty. Burma does produce excellent stones, usually in smaller quantities but larger sizes. Burmese sapphires will almost always cost 50% – 100% more than a sapphire from Madagascar or Ceylon.
High Jewelry necklace in platinum with 1 cushion Burma sapphire (180.98 ct) and rectangular, trapezoidal step cut diamonds and pave set diamonds (28.46 ct).
Necklace Festa by Bulgari
Crafted around the most magnificent sapphire and sparkling with the brilliance of diamonds, the Festa delle principesse chain necklace shines with royal splendor.
Charismatic and one-of-a-kind, the Festa delle principesse necklace is inspired by Princess Paolina Borghese, one of the most eccentric women of her era, famous for her sense of fashion and her numerous love affairs. On the occasion of her marriage with Camillo Borghese, her brother Napoleon Bonaparte gifted her a magnificent Tiara, featuring one of her favorite gemstones, a breathtaking sapphire, evoked and celebrated with this exquisite masterpiece.