Press release -
The First-ever Rubies from Greenland Up for Auction
When the year’s first international auction at Brunn Rasmussen in Copenhagen takes place at the end of February, Greenlandic rubies will be up for auction for the first time in history. The rubies come from the Aappaluttoq mine south of Nuuk and are part of the impressive jewellery set "La Nina". Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to "The Polar Bear Foundation", which supports polar research on subjects such as the Greenlandic population and wildlife are affected by climate change.
"The rubies in the "La Nina" jewellery set were extracted a few years ago in the first test drilling by the mining company "Greenland Ruby" and have been mounted by a jeweller in Vancouver. The sale itself is interesting from a gemmological as well as social point of view, since this is the world's first Greenlandic rubies that economically actually benefits the Greenlandic people," says Katrin Mikkelsen Sørensen, Head of International Jewellery.
"La Nina" consists of a necklace and a pair of ear studs, decorated with numerous faceted rubies and sapphires in red and pink shades. The gems were originally discovered back in the 1960s by GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland), where it was estimated that the rubies were among the world's oldest. It would take many years before the rubies were mined by the mining company "Greenland Ruby" in collaboration with the Greenland Self-government authorities.
Cartier's Panther and Other Jewels
It would not be a real auction in Copenhagen without Cartier's iconic and highly exclusive jewellery. This time we can present the classic ”Panthère Pompom” for the first time in the history of the auction house. The necklace consists of a tassel-shaped pendant, resembling the head of a panther with faceted emerald eyes and six white gold fringes with numerous brilliant-cut diamonds.
If you are dreaming of a very simple and elegant diamond pendant, then you should take a look at the two very fine examples here. They are of the highest quality – both in terms of size, clarity, cut and colour. The diamonds in the two pendants respectively measure approx. 3.50 ct. and approx. 3.24 ct. and are both certified by GIA.
Art Deco and Belle Époque
If you are more into historical jewellery, then there is a great selection of decorative Art Deco and Belle Époque jewellery from the beginning of the 20th century. Among the highlights is an Art Deco diamond bracelet from approx. 1920-30 and a Belle Époque diamond pendant from approx. 1905.
The auction also includes jewellery from several international jewellers, including Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., Chopard, de Grisogono and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as Danish jewellers such as Georg Jensen, Reeslev and Holmstrup.
Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers is one of Scandinavia’s leading international auction houses, and one of Denmark’s oldest. It all started on 6 October 1948, when Arne Bruun Rasmussen conducted the first traditional auction in the saleroom at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen. Today, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen stands at the helm of the family-run business together with the third generation of the family, his son Frederik and daughter Alexa, and the company’s CEO Jakob Dupont.
In 2004, the first online auction was launched, and today the auction house has expanded to include departments in Copenhagen and Aarhus and representations in Sweden, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are put up for auction each year at the traditional auctions and daily online auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weaponry.