Sunday, 9 January 2022

Top Gems of 2018

In March, the then fifth-largest diamond on record sold for $40m. The 910 carat gem was named “the Lesotho Legend." In April Sotheby’s sold a 102-carat diamond. It is D-color, round brilliant-cut diamond and flawless. $36m.
The biggest diamond ever found in North America was unearthed by Dominion Diamond Mines and Rio Tinto. The diamond is 552-carats yellow.
In November, Sotheby’s in Geneva sold a large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant for more than $36m. The pearl once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette.

In May, the 6.16-carat rare blue diamond known as the Farnese Blue brought $6.7m.
After a brief five minutes of bidding, Christie’s sold the 18.96-carat Pink Legacy diamond for a record-breaking $50m. That's the highest per carat price ever paid for any pink diamond.

A 3.47-carat fancy intense blue diamond sold for $6.66 million in April, smashing its $2.5 million high estimate.
Fancy colored diamonds and big names led Christie’s auction of Magnificent Jewels in New York. The top lot in the sale was an 8.08-carat, cushion-cut, fancy vivid blue diamond by Bvlgari.

The final price was $18,312,500, topping it's high estimate. A 15.56-carat heart-shaped pink diamond, set in a pendant, sold for $9,537,500.