Mumbai, Oct 23: A pair of natural ruby earrings worn by Hollywood actor Mila Kunis is among other jewels set to be auctioned by leading auctioneer Saffronart in its upcoming online sale on October 28-29.
The auction features a collection of 84 lots of ornaments set with natural pearls, jewels set with Mozambique and Burmese rubies, emeralds, spinels, tourmaline, and sapphires, auctioneers said.
A Gemfields' Mozambican natural ruby earrings worn by Kunis at a Burberry event at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles earlier this April is up for sale.
The natural, untreated, and ethically mined rubies from Montepuez in Mozambique have been estimated at Rs 15.5 lakhs - Rs 17.50 lakhs (USD 23,850 - USD 26,925).
The earrings have been designed as a series of gently graduating cushion-shaped rubies, with a total ruby weight of 21.46 carats approximately.
The rubies are flanked by full-cut diamonds on either side, with a total diamond weight of 5.36 carats, mounted in rose gold.
Several pieces with important provenances dating back centuries, embodying crafting and enamelling techniques that have either been lost or are rare to come by figure in the sale.
Leading the sale is diamond necklace estimated at Rs 2.75 crore - 3.5 crore (USD 423,080 - USD 538,465) whose design echoes that of the famous festoon necklace worn by Queen Elizabeth II.
The necklace designed as three flexible rows of rose-cut diamonds, joined by two similarly designed links of peacock motifs, set with modified pear-shaped diamonds, with a total diamond weight of 302.64 carats, mounted in white gold.
Minal Vazirani, co-founder, Saffronart said, "This collection offers viewers a window into Indian aesthetic and cultural traditions that were once the hallmark of royal patronage. Several pieces were once in the collections of prominent royal families of India."