Sotheby’s to offer Shirley Temple’s Blue diamond ring

The Ring will be part of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York
Image Courtesy: Sotheby's
Image Courtesy: Sotheby's

Sotheby’s will offer the 9.54-carat Fancy Deep Blue diamond ring owned by Shirley Temple at its Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on 19 April 2016.

Shirley Temple owned the stone throughout her life – from a child star of the Great Depression, to her decades of service as an American diplomat (then Shirley Temple Black). The traditional cushion-cut stone remained in Shirley Temple’s collection until her passing in 2014, and it is offered this spring in its original Art Deco-inspired setting.

Shirley Temple’s father purchased the diamond ring in early 1940, around the time of her 12th birthday as well as the premier of her film The Blue Bird. Temple’s father paid $7,210 for the ring in 1940. The 9.54- carat Fancy Deep Blue, Potentially Internally Flawless, VVS2 clarity diamond ring now comes to auction at Sotheby’s this April with an estimate of $25–35 million.

Gary Schuler, Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewelry, Americas, said: “It’s remarkable to have one stone illustrate the dramatic shift in attitude towards colored diamonds over the course of the last century. Today we recognize these stones as the definition of rarity, and they are eagerly sought-after in our current market for that very reason. The Shirley Temple Blue in particular has a traditional cushion cut that gives it a certain softness, charm and personality, and its saturated, Fancy Deep Blue color imbues it with a mesmerizing oceanic quality.”

Frank Everett, Sales Director of Sotheby’s Jewelry Department in New York, commented: “It’s a privileged occasion when we are entrusted with a stone of such exceptional quality and rarity. It’s rarer still that a stone would tell as compelling a story as The Shirley Temple Blue. Shirley Temple helped to lift America’s spirits out of the Great Depression, and served her country in many capacities throughout the remainder of her life. Her ring and its original Art Deco setting recall a time when she was nothing short of the biggest movie star in the world.”

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