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Sotheby’s

$134 million week for Sotheby’s & Christie’s

  Big week in New York for Sotheby’s and Christie’s.   Sotheby’s New York sale of magnificent jewels garnered $53,490,938 and was 82.4% sold by lot. The top lot was a 74.79 carat, D, VVS1 potentially internally flawless, type IIa, pear-shaped diamond that sold for $14.165 million. The diamond was acquired in 2001 for $4.3 million. Other […]

Petra Blue

Petra Diamonds Limited announced the recovery of a 25.5 carat blue diamond at the Cullinan mine in South Africa. The stone is considered to be a high quality gem diamond of top colour. Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds and the Cullinan mine is the most important source […]

De Beers

Shortly after the formation of De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited in March 1888, a huge light yellow octahedral crystal was found in the De Beers Mine. The gem, named the “De Beers Diamond” weighed an astonishing 428.50 (old) carat (old carats being the pre-1913 non-metric carat) and measured 47.6 mm through its longest axis and […]

The Steinmetz Sirius

The Steinmetz Sirius (not to be confused with Sirius Star®…the world’s brightest diamond®) is a 103.83 carat D IF cushion shaped diamond mined from the legendary Premier mine in South Africa. This legendary cushion shaped stone is claimed to be one of the largest D colored, internally flawless diamonds to ever appear at auction and is only […]

Niarchos

The Niarchos is a 128.25 carat colorless, flawless pear shape named after the late Stavros Niarchos, the Greek shipping magnate. In the rough, it weighed 426.5 carat, internally flawless. It was slightly chipped, likely due to contact with the mine’s underground crusher. Sir Ernest Oppenheimer considered that it possessed the most perfect color of any diamond he had ever […]

Vargas

The Vargas Diamond, discovered in Brazil on August 13, 1938 by Joaquim Venancio Tiago and Manoel Miguel Domingues, was 726.6 carat when pulled out of the ground. Twenty nine smaller diamonds were carved from the larger rough Vargas Diamond including the 48.26 carat emerald cut diamond named “President Vargas”, after the former Brazilian President, Getúlio […]

The Cora Sun-Drop

The Cora Sun-Drop Diamond is the largest yellow pear-shaped diamond known, weighing 110.3 carat being sold for $10.9 million it has set a world record for a yellow diamond. The Sun-Drop has a very short history. It was found in South Africa in 2010 within a kimberlite pipe. Tests show that the diamond was formed […]

Chloe Diamond

A huge flawless white diamond was sold on November 14, 2007 for nearly 18.2 million Swiss francs ($16.21 million) to Guess Jeans founder Georges Marciano, who named it the “Chloe Diamond” after his daughter, Sotheby’s auctioneers said. The brilliant-cut “Chloe” diamond, which weighs 84.37 carat, is one of the most expensive stone ever sold at auction. […]

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