Blue diamonds have dominated the jewellery auction headlines over the past 10 months, culminating in the Oppenheimer Blue, below, becoming the most expensive ring in the world. The 14.62 carat emerald-cut Vivid Blue diamond went under the hammer for an astonishing $57.7 million at Christie’s Geneva in May this year.
The Oppenheimer Blue became the world’s most expensive jewel sold at auction when it went under the hammer for $57.7 million at Christie’s Geneva in May.
The indigo-coloured gem was named after Sir Philip Oppenheimer, a member of one of the world’s most influential and powerful diamond families, who gave the ring to his wife Pamela. The Oppenheimers controlled the De Beers Mining Company and, as head of the London-based Central Selling Organisation, Sir Philip oversaw the diamond sales cartel for 45 years until 1993. The stone is believed to originate from the famous Cullinan mine in South Africa and was set into a ring by renowned jeweller Verdura in the 1990s. Flanked by two trapeze-cut white diamonds on a platinum band, the centre stone was described by Christie’s as “the gem of gems”.#wow#ring#gemstone#diamonds#happy#history#beautiful#details#pictureoftheday#photography#instagood#me#love#fabulous#fashion
A dazzling tiara featuring emeralds believed to have belonged to Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, sold for a record 11.28 million Swiss francs ($12.80 million) to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby’s.
The diamond and emerald tiara was commissioned by German prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck’s for his second wife Katharina.
It was top lot at a sale that netted 78.9 million Swiss francs, third highest for a jewellery sale, the auction house said. “It is needless to say a world record price at auction for a tiara,” said David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Middle East jewellery department.
The previous record is for the tiara mounting the Shizuka Diamond (101.27 carats), which was sold by Christie’s Hong Kong for $6.2 million in May 2008. The Telegraph#emeralds#diamonds#wow#tiara#fun#fashion#fabulous#weekendwear#happy ##me#love#pictureoftheday#photooftheday#instagood#gemstone#beautiful #