Wednesday, 21 March 2018

'Farnese Blue' Diamond up for grabs

The 6.16-carat, pear-shaped, ‘Farnese Blue,’ is to be auctioned for the first time after three centuries in the hands of a European royal family. The Golconda diamond was first acquired by the family in 1715. It was a wedding gift to Elisabeth Farnese, then-queen of Spain, from the governor of the Philippine Islands.

 Over the next 300 years, the diamond was passed down to various descendants of the queen, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Austrian royalty. Estimate is US$3.7 million to US$5.3 million.