Image: The Red Cross Diamond – Christie’s
This year, some priceless diamonds were auctioned off and netted enormous sums of money. The early half of the year was when the pattern was most pronounced, and pinks, blues, yellows, and white had great performances. The top 10 are listed here.
Bringing in $57.7 million was this cushion-cut, 11.15-carat, fancy intense pink, internally flawless diamond ring. On October 7, Sotheby’s offered the stone at its Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong. The item exceeded its $21 million highest projection.
This step-cut, 15.10-carat, fancy vivid blue, internally flawless diamond sold for $57.5 million at Sotheby’s. The April 26 Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale was estimated to bring in up to $48 million for the stone, which was the largest of its kind ever appear at auction.
The largest diamond of its cut and color ever offered at auction, a pear-shaped, 18.18-carat fancy-vivid-pink stone took in $28.9 million. The stone had a presale price range of $25.4 million to $35.6 million and was sold by Christie’s at its Magnificent Jewels sale on November 8 in Geneva.
4. The Rock
When this stone went under the hammer at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on May 11, it went down in history as the largest white diamond ever to sell at auction. The 228.31 carat, G-color, VS1 purity, pear-shaped diamond brought in $21.9 million, which was within the presale range of $20 million to $30 million.
The centerpiece of the June 8 Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York was an emerald-cut, 103.49-carat, grade IIa diamond that was D-flawless. It sold for $20 million, beyond the $18 million upper limit.
On May 11, the 205.07-carat cushion-shaped fancy-intense yellow diamond sold for $14.3 million at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels in Geneva. The International Committee of the Red Cross received a donation of some of the sale’s proceeds.
At its June 16 New York Magnificent Jewels auction, Sotheby’s sold this pear-shaped, 101.41-carat, D-color, internally flawless diamond. Honoring his wife, the buyer who paid $13 million for it changed its name to the Claire G diamond. About $10 million was predicted to be paid for the diamond.
At the Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on December 7, this pear-shaped, fancy-deep-brownish-yellow diamond weighing 303.1 carats it brought in $12.4 million. The stone, which ended up being the third most expensive yellow diamond ever sold at auction, was expected to fetch more than $15 million, according to Sotheby’s.
At the Christie’s December 6 Magnificent Jewels sale in New York, a pear modified brilliant-cut, 31.62-carat, fancy-blue, perhaps internally flawless diamond pendant sold for $11.8 million. The presale price range of $10 million to $15 million was upheld in the final pricing.
10. The Fuchsia Rose
At its April 13 Magnificent Jewels sale in New York, Christie’s sold this pear-shaped, 8.82-carat, fancy-intense-purple-pink diamond ring that could be internally flawless. Having been estimated at $6 million, the stone brought in $6.8 million.