Sunday, April 08, 2007

Million-Dollar Backgammon Set among Items to be Auctioned at ICA Congress

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A Burmese ruby, a tsavorite from Africa, and a diamond-studded backgammon set are some of the items to be put up for sale at the “Magnificent Jewels Auction” sponsored by Tzoffey’s 1818 Auction. The auction will be held May 9 during the International Colored Stone Association Congress in Dubai.

The ICA Congress will bring together leading gemstone industry figures from more than 42 countries, creating a one-of-a-kind market for the most desirable items in the trade, says Avner Sofiov, Tzoffey’s owner and president. “This is a unique gathering of the most important leaders in the world of gemstones, in the exciting, rising venue of Dubai,” he says. “We couldn’t have chosen a better location to hold our 19th international auction.”

Important gemstones to be offered at the auction include a cushion-shaped, unheated ruby from Burma and a 23.23 ct. tsavorite known as the “Green King of Africa.”

But it is the full backgammon set, decorated with black, white and fancy colored diamonds, that should spark the greatest interest, Tzoffey said. Auction items will be available for viewing throughout the week at the Congress venue, the Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites, located in Dubai’s business district.

The 12th bi-annual ICA Congress will be held in Dubai May 5-9. The first Congress held in the region, the gathering will focus on the Gulf’s business opportunities for the worldwide gemstone, diamond and jewelry industries.

Tzoffey's 1818, with its slogan "Action in Auction,” has long been an international brand in the auction world, primarily targeting the diamond community, high-end jewelry producers and gem, and diamond collectors worldwide.


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