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Christie’s Geneva to offer The Blue diamond at Magnificent Jewels sale
The diamond is believed to be the the largest flawless vivid blue diamond in the world
By: Diamond World News Service
Apr 22 2014 6:04PM
Reference: 9056  

Christie’s Geneva will be offering the THE BLUE, the largest flawless vivid blue diamond in the world, as the leading jewel amongst 250 lots in its Magnificent Jewels sale. The auction is scheduled in Geneva on 14 May 2014.

The Blue is a 13.22 carat stone estimated to draw revenues worth US$21,000,000 – 25,000,000. Just six months earlier, Christie’s Geneva sold THE ORANGE, the largest fancy vivid orange diamond in the world for US$35.5 million, a world record for an orange diamond and a world auction record price per carat for any diamond at US$2.4 million.

The Magnificent Jewels sale is estimated to churn revenues worth around US$80 million. Amongst the 250 lots will also be important coloured and colourless diamonds such as THE OCEAN DREAM – a 5.50 carat largest fancy vivid blue-green diamond in the world to come to auction, with an estimate of US$7,500,00. The Light Pink cut-corned square-cut diamond of 76.51 carats set as necklace center piece by Leviev, a pear-shaped D-colour Flawless diamond of 75.97 carats.

A Passion For Jewels’, the Collection of a European Gentleman’ comprises a total of 14 jewels including, The Rajah diamond, an old-mine brilliant-cut diamond of 26.14 carats. The highlight of ‘A Passion for Jewels’ and the iconic piece of the sale is a sensational Belle Époque Devant-de-Corsage brooch, crafted in 1912 by Cartier. Also, to feature are Noble Jewels, comprising 20 pieces from the Estate of Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kaszon. This section is led by a natural pearl and diamond necklace with Royal provenance. Amongst rare and unique gems will be the cushion-shaped Alexandrite of approximately 21.41 carats, accompanied by a report of the Swiss Gemological Institute stating it being of Russian origin, with no indications of treatment and a distinct colour-change from green to purple, and an appendix letter indicating that “a natural Alexandrite from Russia of this size and quality is very rare and exceptional and thus can be considered a very exceptional treasure of nature.” Also a rare and important spinel bead necklace, a five-strand necklace composed of eighty-seven, eighty-one, seventy-six, seventy-one and sixty-five natural pearls, totalling to 380 natural pearls of exceptional quality. Contemporary Jewels will also be part of the auction.

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