Sunday, June 22, 2014

Gemstone Auction Records

13.22 carat pear-shaped Fancy Vivid blue flawless diamond sold at Christie's Geneva on May 14, 2014 for $ 24m, setting a new world auction record for the price per carat for a blue diamond.

Immediately after the sale, it was renamed 'The Winston Blue'.
28.18 carat emerald-cut Kashmir sapphire set a new world record for the price paid per carat for any sapphire at auction. The platinum, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for just over $5 million at Sotheby's in New York on April 29 2014, equalling $180,731 per carat.

29.62 carat oval Burmese ruby and diamond ring, mounted by Cartier, sold for US$7,338,462, making it the most expensive ruby ever sold at auction and likely in the world.
14.82 carat orange diamond sold for $35.54m or US$2,398,151 per carat. This makes "The Orange" the most valuable Fancy Vivid orange diamond ever sold at auction and the highest price paid per carat for a coloured diamond.
Sotheby's set a world auction record for a jewel by Van Cleef & Arpels, with the historic 'Walska Briolette Diamond' brooch selling for $10.5m.

The Fancy Vivid yellow 96.62ct briolette diamond was purchased by Van Cleef & Arpels at Sotheby's New York in 1971 and transformed into this brooch shortly afterwards.

A pair of extremely rare natural pearl earrings that once belonged to Empress Eugenie of France, the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, set a new world record when they were auctioned for US$3.3 million by Doyle New York.