If you pay any attention to jewelry auctions at all, then you’ve definitely noticed the way that blue and pink diamonds have been dominating the scene for the past couple of years. It seems every few months there’s another Sotheby’s auction where a blue or pink diamond breaks another record for highest price per carat. There was the Graff Pink, Wittelsbach-Graff, The Sweet Josephine, and the Oppenheimer Blue to name a few of the most famous. Here we look at some of the most impressive, record-breaking blue and pink diamonds sold at auction over the past few years.
Princess Mathilde’s Historic Pink
Princess Mathilde was the niece of Napoleon I, and relative to both King George II and the tzar of Russia. This pink diamond ring was just one of many in a collection that was considered second only to that of Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III. In May 2015, Princess Mathilde’s “Historic Pink” diamond sold for $16 million at Sotheby’s. The 8.72-carat pink diamond was hiding in a bank vault since the 1940s and just recently resurfaced at the perfect time for the pink diamond market. Not only that, but while the richness of its color is not extremely impressive, the unmodified cushion cut is stunning, and this diamond hit the auction block just when cushion cuts started to make a serious comeback.
Named after the famed British diamond dealer and racehorse owner, Sir Philip Jack Oppenheimer, this 14.62-carat wonder is the largest fancy vivid blue diamond ever offered at auction. Sold at Christies for $51.3 million in May 2016.
This 15.38-carat pear-shaped pink diamond has the highest grade in fancy pink color and is touted for its high clarity. It sold at Sotheby’s in May 2016.
This 16.08-carat pink diamond ring might not be the biggest diamond Christie’s ever sold, but it broke the record for the most valuable fancy vivid pink diamond sold at auction. At $28.5 million, it’s hard to believe that in November 2015, this world-famous diamond went to a very lucky seven-year-old.
This miraculous 31.06-carat deep blue diamond is touted for its internally flawless clarity. However, it didn’t start off that way. The stone was purchased by Laurence Graff in 2008, at which point, it was a much different diamond. Before Laurence took ownership, the original diamond was a 35.56-carat fancy, deep, grayish-blue with VS1 clarity that had been placed just under the cross in the crown of the king of Bavaria. Some people claim that Graff’s modifications are a disgrace to the stone’s historic integrity. But if you ask its current owner, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, it’s still worth a cool $80 million.