Saturday, 1 October 2016

Top Gems of 2015/2016

A 100.20-carat ‘Perfect Diamond’ led the sales at Sotheby’s in New York in April, 2015. The classic Type II a, emerald-cut, internally flawless, D colour stone sold for $22.1 million – the highest price ever achieved for a colourless diamond auctioned in New York.

In May 2015, Sotheby’s in Geneva sold an 8.72-carat GIA-graded Fancy Vivid Pink diamond for $15.9 million. The cushion-cut VS2 diamond was linked to Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napolean Bonaparte.
Joseph Lau bought a Fancy Vivid Pink diamond weighing 16.08 carats for $28.5 million at Christie’s in Geneva in November, 2015. He named it ‘The Sweet Josephine’

A flawless 12.03-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond was sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva on November 19, 2015, for $48.4m. The cushion-shaped diamond, was bought by the same Hong Kong bidder who bought ‘The Sweet Josephine’ a day earlier. He named it ‘The Blue Moon of Josephine’. The diamond set a world record for any jewel at more than $4m a carat.
The De Beers Millennium Jewel 4 sold for $32 million to an Asian private buyer at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, in April of 2016. The 10.10-carat oval-shaped Vivid Blue diamond which is internally flawless was part of the Millennium Jewels collection that was unveiled by De Beers in 2000.

The largest Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever offered at auction sold for a record $57.5 million on May 18, 2016. The ‘Oppenheimer Blue’, a 14.62-carat rectangular-shaped gem, was auctioned at Christie’s in Geneva. The stone with VVS1 clarity is set in a platinum ring, flanked on either side by a trapeze-shaped diamond.
The ‘Unique Pink’ became the most expensive Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever to sell at auction in May 2016. Sotheby’s in Geneva sold the pear-shaped 15.38-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond for $31.6 million.

A 5.03-carat green diamond, named the ‘Aurora Green’, set two world auction records for a green diamond on May 31, 2016 when it sold for $16.8 million at Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale. The rectangular-cut Fancy Vivid Green diamond has VS2 clarity.