Since ancient times, the majestic land of Burma (Myanmar) has been the source of many of the world’s finest gemstones. For centuries, rubies from this region have been consistently heralded by connoisseurs and collectors as the rarest and most prized of all gems, in some cases even more so than diamonds.
The Star of Myanmar is one of the premiere star rubies to have ever been unearthed in Myanmar. Unlike a typical cabochon ruby, The Star of Myanmar displays a fascinating natural phenomenon known as asterism on its domed-shape surface. This effect is the result of unique fine tubular minerals within the ruby that extend in three precise directions and ultimately create a star appearance once illuminated directly by light.
Mogok Map 1888
When Ronald Abram first saw The Star of Myanmar, he knew it would spark immediate interest from collectors. After acquiring the stone, he wanted to create a piece that could be both admired and worn. He knew it would be the type of stone to appeal to a male collector so he went about setting it into a magnificent rose gold gentlemen’s ring, flanked on both sides by bezel-set baguette diamonds.
A once in a lifetime gemstone
The Star of Myanmar is a once in a lifetime gemstone, whose rarity and beauty will continue to be cherished over time. To commemorate the significance of this treasure, the American Gemological Laboratories has published a special book to accompany the ruby. With renowned gemologist Christopher Smith noting that “The Star of Myanmar is the finest and rarest 30-plus carat Burmese star ruby the AGL has ever examined.”
According to Ronald Abram brand director, JJ Abram, there hasn’t been another ruby like it before or since. “Of all the Burmese rubies that have been part of our collection, this is by far one of the most impressive. In fact, this calibre of stone is the one against which all others will be compared.”
Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography
Vol. 10, No. 5 (May, 1888)