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This season’s jewels that broke records at auction houses
From historic jewels, flawless diamonds and intense colour diamonds, here are some pieces that fetched good sale at auction houses
By: Diamond World News Service
Dec 6 2021 1:52PM
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Fancy vivid blue diamond

Christie’s Jewels Online: The London Edit sale was led by a gorgeous fancy vivid blue diamond. This fancy Vivid Blue oval modified brilliant-cut was 1.02 carat. The blue diamond had a starting bid of £300,000 but fetched $6 million at the London sale.


David Morris blue diamond earrings

A pair of fancy vivid blue pear modified brilliant-cut diamonds of 3.06 and 2.61 carats with pear, oval and round diamonds, set in platinum and gold, detachable to wear as cluster earrings by David Morris was sold for $6.5 million at Christie’s Hong Kong.


Historic Marie Antoinette diamond bracelets

A pair of diamond bracelets that belonged to France's Queen Marie Antoinette sold at auction on for $8.18 million, several times the pre-sale estimate. A blue velvet box bearing a label "bracelets of Queen Marie Antoinette" holds the double bracelets, each composed of three strings of diamonds and a large barrette clasp, for a total of 112 diamonds. The bracelets, which were the property of a European royal family, had been expected to fetch $2 million to $4 million.


Flawless diamond ring

This season, an impressive 20.27 carat, D colour, Flawless clarity, Type IIA diamond ring graced the Phillips Jewels & Jadeite auction. The ring was sold for a whopping $2 million. This spectacular diamond ring showcases how the convergence of natural elements can create the perfect stone, sourced from the legendary Letšeng mine renowned for its large, high-quality diamonds with the highest dollar value-per-carat of any diamond mine. This diamond is also classified as a rare “Type IIa” diamond, the most chemically pure type of diamond that displays exceptional optical transparency.


Exceptional unmounted diamond

The Christie’s auction celebrated offered a spectacular 55.50 carat diamond potentially internally flawless. While the term “Golconda” refers to diamonds mined in India before the 18th Century, it is today also used as terminology to describe diamonds mined elsewhere that display the same optical features of the coveted Golconda gems, containing little if any nitrogen and with exceptional transparency, accounting for less than 2% of all gem diamonds. The diamond was sold for $4.8 million.



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