The diamond trading network Rapaport recently listed the top ten fancy coloured diamonds to have gone to auction at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s. We take a look at the lists and show you some images of our favourite gems…
Top Ten Fancy Coloured Diamonds Sold at Christie’s 2009-2014
THE PRINCIE DIAMOND
$39,323,750 — Christie’s New York, April 2013
Fancy intense pink cushion-shaped diamond, 34.65 carats, VS2, Golconda.
- Photo: Christie’s
One of the world’s largest diamond mining companies has announced it has found a 122.52 carat blue diamond. Petra diamonds found the stone at the Cullinan mine in South Africa (the origin of the world’s largest mined diamond).
It is safe to say that this week is a big week in the diamond world. As well as the world’s largest fancy vivid blue diamond – “The Blue” – going up for auction at Christie’s in New York on Wednesday 14th May as we mentioned last month, Tuesday 13th May also sees rival auction house Sotheby’s auctioning a diamond of “extreme rarity”.
We have had our blog at 77 Diamonds for several years now where we have discussed all aspects of the jewellery world; celebrity stories, diamond auctions and also our own diamond jewellery collections. Last year we began working with Claire Adler, a writer and consultant for luxury clients such as De Beers and the London Luxury Quarter. As a contributor to the Financial Times and a commentator for Bloomberg TV, Claire’s articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The Economist Intelligent Life and The Daily Telegraph. Her portfolio impressed us so much we knew we had to get her on board for her words of wisdom and professional commentary.
Last week, Christie’s New York displayed the world’s largest fancy vivid blue diamond, aptly called “The Blue” that will headline the Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale on 14th May.
At 77 Diamonds we are always looking at new and alternative uses of diamonds. Imagine our complete and utter joy at sourcing a new and alternative diamond that has yet to be discovered previously – a diamond that glows in the dark!
The “Green Star” diamond in darkness
Finding the perfect engagement ring is no easy task and from meeting the purchasers in our showroom, 77 Diamonds understands the lengths and effort that people go to in order to please their significant other when it comes to their engagement rings.
As Valentine’s Day 2014 approaches, jewellers are not the only ones hoping for romance.
Here in London, home to the 77 Diamonds headquarters and showroom, the British Library is hosting a sell-out Georgian-themed Valentine’s ball in its Terrace Restaurant. It’s rather appropriate really. Affectionately known as the BL by regular users, the British Library has long been a hotbed of romance.
The Cullinan diamond mine in South Africa produced the worlds largest ever diamond, so this week when Petra Diamonds Limited announced another rare discovery, at 77 Diamonds, we wanted to know more!
They have said “the stone is an outstanding vivid blue with extraordinary saturation, tone and clarity, and has the potential to yield a polished stone of great value and importance.”
Online diamond jewellery sales soar
We all know savvy shoppers research products on their smartphones while out shopping to check prices and customer reviews, and then often end up buying online at better prices. But now retail industry insiders have come up with their own word to describe the trend – it’s called showrooming.