Back in the 1980s, a ring was purchased at a car boot sale in west London for £10 under the assumption it was a piece of costume jewellery. Several months ago, when informed by a jeweller of the ring’s potential value, the owner of the ring had it appraised by Sotheby’s. What was revealed was that the ring is actually a genuine 26.27ct cushion-shaped diamond from the 19th century. The diamond, which was tested by GIA has been confirmed to have a near colourless grade of I with VVS2 clarity. The diamond will be up for auction at Sotheby’s on 7 June and is expected to fetch up to £350,000.
In a charged-up environment, dynamic bidding on the phone, online and in the room at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva saw a total sale of US $151,546,458 (£116,413,012) on 16 May as auctioneer Sotheby’s played host. In what clearly spells positive innings for the diamond industry, the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale met expectations squarely after a slight lull seen last spring.
The event, that showcased a collection of the finest diamonds and gemstones, as well as signed jewels from the most sought-after jewellery houses, saw over 90 per cent lots sold, two-thirds over the high estimate, and created three new auction records for over US $10m (approx £7.7 milllion).
To mark the auction of the Dream of Autumn Leaves (formerly Artemis) and the Memory of Autumn Leaves (formerly Apollo) fancy colour diamonds at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels on 16 May 2017, we’ve decided to take a look back at the rarest and most expensive pink and blue diamonds sold at auction to date.
10 Most Expensive Blue Diamonds Sold at Auction
|Carat||Intensity||Clarity||Shape||Price Sold||Known As|
|1||14.62||Fancy Vivid||VVS1||EM||$58,002,681 (2016)||Oppenheimer Blue|
|2||12.03||Fancy Vivid||IF||CUS||$48,468,158 (2015)||Blue Moon of Josephine|
|3||14.54||Fancy Vivid||IF||PS||$42,087,302 (2017)||The Memory of Autumn Leaves|
|4||9.75||Fancy Vivid||VVS2||PS||$32,645,000 (2014)||Zoe Diamond|
|5||24.18||Fancy Intense||VS2||RAD||$25,365,000 (2016)||Cullinan Dream|
|6||35.56||Fancy Deep||VS2||CUS||$24,311,191 (2008)||Wittelsbach|
|7||13.22||Fancy Vivid||FL||PS||$24,202,829 (2014)||The Winston Blue|
|8||7.32||Fancy Vivid||IF||PS||$17,112,629 (2016)||Miroir de ‘Amour|
|9||8.01||Fancy Vivid||VVS1||ASC||$17,074,168 (2016)||The Sky Blue Diamond|
|10||7.74||Fancy Deep||VVS1||OV||$13,706,728 (2016)|
Kicking off its annual spring auction with two rare coloured beauties as the stars, Sotheby’s is expecting a spectacular show at its sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, on 16 May.
The two remarkable gems – one Fancy Vivid Blue diamond and one Fancy Intense Pink – are dubbed to be the most valuable earrings ever to appear at auction. The presence of these stones at the illustrious auction comes at a time when very rare naturally coloured diamonds are becoming the investment of choice for the super-rich and breaking records at most auctions. No wonder then that David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, is excited to host the two. “These exquisite coloured diamonds are enormously rare and each is a wonderful stone in its own right. Together, as a pair of earrings, they are breath-taking. We have named them after Apollo and Artemis, a twin brother and sister of great power and beauty who were among the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities,” he said.
This year, 29 April marks the sixth wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Prince William and Kate Middleton. The iconic date reminds us of the Princess’ stunning sapphire and diamond engagement ring with which Prince William proposed to her in October 2010 while the couple was on a 10-day trip to Kenya. The ring, apart from being precious, also holds emotional significance for the couple since it belonged to the Prince’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Let’s take a look at this and a few other spectacular royal engagement rings that remain timeless:
Kate Middleton’s engagement ring consists of 14 round brilliant diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. The royal engagement set off a trend of using sapphires in engagement rings.
Rarely found and stunning to look at, coloured diamonds emit not just unmatched brilliance, but also the owners’ exquisite taste. This makes them most collectors’ dream jewels and jewellery connoisseurs’ prized possessions. With a 110-carat light yellow diamond unearthed recently from a Lesotho mine by Firestone Diamonds Plc., and a pink diamond (the ‘Pink Star’) becoming the most expensive gemstone ever sold (for a record $71.2 million, approx £55.56 million) at a Hong Kong auction this month, coloured diamonds are here to stay. Our case in point is also proven by the latest sensations – the blue and pink diamond twins named Apollo and Artemis. Expected to break sales records at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva on 16 May, they are on display in London until then.
While pinks, blues, and yellows have always been sought-after, we are now witnessing a rise in the popularity of diamonds with unexpected hues, such as a green, grey, orange and brown. Nothing spells spring like colour, so what could be better than adding on to your pool of jewels with delicate trinkets in diamonds of vivid colours? We help fan this chromatic revolution with a lowdown on the latest rage in fancy diamond hues in off-beat design pairings.
When it comes to diamonds – the most expensive gems in the world – nothing is off-limits. Not teddy bears, not pens, not golf clubs, not tea bags. For those who are in love with these precious stones and their sparkle, adding some of their shine on to everyday items is not extraordinary. If you thought the rare rocks look pretty sitting on rings, pendants and other items of jewellery, you might want to take a look at these products that diamonds found themselves on. Cock an eyebrow all you want, but there’s definitely no going back to a diamond-less life once you read our list of top five (and outrageous) diamond-studded articles.
Stepping stones to luxury: Putting your best foot forward gets easier when you have the Buscemi 100mm Diamond Sneakers to walk in. The limited edition sneakers were revealed by the company in late 2016, and feature the brand’s trademark 18k gold detailing complemented by 11.5carats-worth of diamonds. The ‘diamond shoes’ that boast of a tumbled white leather upper (going extremely well with the ultra-extravagant material of the signature lock and hardware), took more than 20 hours of labour and will set the buyer back by $132,000 (approx £106k). The catch is that the most expensive sneakers in the world are only available in-store at the brand’s new flagship in NYC.
Every story is a unique representation of love – the meeting, the maturity of the relationship and the journey towards marriage. Two individuals coming together to build a life as one. Despite the hurdles and hiccups along the way, this is their happily ever after. Meet some newly engaged couples, basking in a state of romantic bliss. These loved up pairs have been kind enough to share their proposal stories with 77 World.
Today, we meet London-based couple Leona and Rammah who tied the knot last October.
Diamonds aren’t just priceless rocks that are lust-worthy; most of these dazzling beauties have stories to tell. From beguiling tales tracing their origins to accounts of their famous owners, and notorious thefts, authors have attempted to put into words the curious histories that these precious gems have lived.
If you are passionate about diamonds or simply wish to learn more about them, here’s a list of books that are certain to capture your interest and imagination.
In a whirlpool of jewellery trends that come and go every season, some waltz in and win us over so thoroughly that they end up being around for a long time. If you are set to be the bride in 2017 and looking for a ring that stands out, or you’re a diamond-lover who wants to own a piece that breaks stereotypes – there’s good news. Experts have forecast this year to be a favourable time for off-beat designs, unique shapes and a splash of imperfection. So, let your inner genius out and break the rules!
Here’s a lowdown on the engagement ring trends that’ll set this year on fire.