Cafesjian gem collection worth more than $1M to be sold in Denver

DENVER - Before he died in September at age 88, Gerard Cafesjian amassed a huge collection of art, jewelry and gems.

His huge collection of lapidary art, minerals and gems — valued at at least $1 million — is now in Denver, being prepared for sale in September by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

The collection of more than 700 pieces includes an eagle carved from a single piece of ruby weighing some 50 pounds and a 500-pound amethyst geode cut to serve as a coffee table.

The gems and minerals are from around the world, including South Africa, Brazil and Colorado.

The auction — held in person and online Sept. 15 — will be previewed during the Denver Gem & Mineral Show Sept. 12-14.

Read more about the collection from our partners at the Denver Post: