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Color Diamonds Light Up Christmas For Christie’s

The final major jewelry auction of 2015 is ready to go on December 10 by Christie’s in New York and some stunning color diamonds are set to go under the hammer.

1.  A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


A massive 30.48-carat Fancy Vivid yellow diamond headlines this stunning ring and is flanked by tapered, baguette-cut white diamonds.   Pre-auction estimates for the ring have been set for between $1.4 and $1.8 million (USD).

2.  A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The diamond only weighs in at 3.74 carats but it is a stunning Fancy Vivid purplish pink set with  tapered baguette-cut white diamond on either side.   The piece is expected to sell for between $1.3 and $1.5 million.

3.  A Diamond and Coloured Diamond Pendant Necklace


The only necklace on our list, the piece features an 18.88-carat modified heart-shaped white diamond, with a circular-cut pink diamond and white diamond surround, as well as a pear and circular-cut diamond surmount to the fine link chain, enhanced by two circular-cut diamonds.   This fantastically intricate piece is expected to sell for between $1.25 and $1.75 million.

4.  A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The star of this piece is a pear brilliant-cut fancy gray-blue diamond, weighing in at 19.97 carats, trimmed with circular-cut diamonds and set within an undulating tapered baguette-cut diamond surround.   This final ring on our list has a pre-auction estimate of between $1 and $1.5 million.

5.  A Pair of Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ear Pendants


The high-end estimate for this piece is $1 million, not surprising considering the earrings feature a Fancy yellow pear brilliant and a pear modified brilliant-cut yellow diamond, weighing 15.10 and 14.86 carats respectively.




A Stunning Yellow Diamond Headlines Important Jewels Auction

Christie’s kicks off the fall auction season with the Important Jewels sale October 20 in New York City.   Here’s a look at the Top 5 Color Diamonds from the sale.

  1.  A Magnificent Colored Diamond


We wrote about this piece in length in a blog post written last month.   Put simply, this stone is a 75.56-carat Fancy Vivid yellow diamond and is expected to sell for between $3 and $4 million (USD).

2.  A Colored Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace


The focal point of the only necklace to make our list is a 36.23-carat pear-shaped brilliant-cut fancy brownish yellow diamond.   The stone features a white diamond surround and is suspended with a fine-link neck chain featuring a heart-shaped diamond and two circular-cut diamonds.   The piece is expected to sell for between $350,000 and $450,000.

3.  A Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring


A cut-cornered rectangular step-cut Fancy Dark yellow-brown diamond weighing in at 23.30 carats is the highlight of this stunning ring.   This main stone is flanked by a pair of trapezoid-cut white diamonds.  Pre-auction estimates for the ring have been set at between $250,000 and $300,000.

4.  A Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring


This amazing ring features a main stone that is a pear-shaped modified brilliant-cut Fancy Intense yellowish green diamond.   The diamond, which weighs in at 7.11 carats also features a circular-cut pink diamond surround.   The estimate for the ring is between $250,000 and $350,000.

5.  An Important Colored Diamond Line Bracelet


The only bracelet to make our list, this piece was designed by famed jeweler Tiffany & Co.   The piece is set with 22 square-cut yellow diamonds, weighing between 2.01 and 2.14 carats each.   The pre-auction estimate for the bracelet has been set between $200,000 and $300,000.

Some Magnificent Yellows at Christie’s Auction

Christie’s Auction House closes out the spring auction season with their Magnificent Jewels auction on Tuesday, June 16.   Yellow Fancy Color Diamonds will be taking centre stage as 4 of the top 5 color diamond lots are yellow.   Let’s take a look!

1.   A Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring


A whopping 28.02-carat Fancy Intense Yellow diamond featuring a cushion-cut shape and flanked by two shield-cut white diamonds.   Pre-auction estimates have it selling for as high as $1.1 million!

2.  A Colored Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace


The only necklace on the list, the piece features a pear-shaped diamond, weighing 5.06 carats, suspended from a modified pear-shaped Fancy purplish pink diamond, weighing 1.68 carats.   Industry experts believe it will sell for between $345,000 and $431,000.

3.   A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


Estimated to sell for between $308,000 and 431,000, this modified cut-cornered rectangular-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, weighs in at 13.32 carats and flanked on either side by a trapezoid-shaped white diamond.

4.  A Coloured DIamond and Diamond Ring, by Graff


Designed by famed jeweler Graff Diamonds, this ring is centered by a modified cut-cornered rectangular-cut Fancy Yellow diamond that weighs 14.49 carats.   The piece is expected to sell for between $308,000 and 431,000.   However, considering the designed, it may well go for much higher than the estimate.

5.   A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The final piece on our list is a 9.07-carat modified cut-cornered square-cut Fancy Intense Yellow diamond and flanked on either side by a triangular-cut white diamond.   The ring is expected to sell for between $172,000 and $222,000.

Chipping Away At The Cullinan Diamond

This week marks the 110th anniversary of the discovery of the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality diamond ever found.


Weighing in at 3106.75 carats in its rough form, the diamond was found in the Premier Mine of Pretoria in the Gauteng province of South Africa by Captain Frederick Wells.

Named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, owner of the mine, the diamond was presented to England’s reigning monarch King Edward VII in 1905.   After a lengthy debate on how the diamond could be split up, the decision was made to cut it into 9 major diamonds and 96 minor ones.


Here is the true story on what has happened to the nine major stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond.

Cullinan I (also called The Great Star of Africa)


The largest stone from the Cullinan Diamond weighs in at 530 carats and is one the largest cut diamonds in the world.   It currently sits in the head of the British Sovereign’s Royal Scepter, on display in the Tower of London.

Cullinan II (also called Star of Africa II)


Also considered one of the largest cut diamonds in history, this rectangular, cushion-cut stone is set in the front of Britain’s Imperial State Crown.   On special Royal occasions, the Cullinan I and the Cullinan II have also been put together as a brooch.

Cullinan III and IV


The 94.4-carat Cullinan III and 63.6-carat Cullinan IV diamonds are currently worn together as stunning pendant brooch.   The diamonds were originally set on the crown worn in the consort crown worn by Queen Mary, wife of King George V.

Cullinan V


The heart-shaped Cullinan V currently sits as the centrepiece of a stomacher brooch that also features the emerald Delhi Durbar Parure.

Cullinan VI and Cullinan VII


Both of these stones feature a marquise-cut, the VI is much thinner but comes in at 11.5 carats while the VII is heftier looking and weighing 8.8 carats.   The two diamonds can also be seen as a pendant attached to the stomacher featuring the Cullinan V.

Cullinan VIII


The Cullinan VIII, a 6.8-carat emerald-cut diamond, has been used both as a single-stone brooch or paired with the Cullinan V or Cullinan VI as a more elaborate piece.

Cullinan IX


The last of the major stones from the Cullinan Diamond is the 4.4-carat, pear-shaped Cullinan IX.   The diamond is currently on a ring set on platinum and has occasionally been worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

Multi-Million Dollar Color Diamonds Highlight Auction

A staggering amount of multi-million dollar color diamonds will be headlining Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels Auction on November 25.   Here’s a look at the top 5 dazzlers that are certain to be among the most popular of the items at the auction.

1.  An Exceptional Colour Diamond Ring


Designed by famed Israel-based Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd, this ring is centred by a 3.39-carat oval-shaped Fancy Vivid blue diamond with a marquise and brilliant-cut pink diamond surround.   The piece is estimated to sell for as high as $7.3 million (CAD).

UPDATE:  Didn’t quite the reach the high end of the estimates, selling for $6.5 million (CAD).

2.   A Stunning Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


A second diamond ring from Moussaieff Jewellers, this features a 2.09-carat heart-shaped Fancy red diamond within a petal-surround of six pear-shaped white diamonds ranging between 1.01 and 1.07 carats.   Pre-auction estimates have this piece selling for between $4.1 and $5.5 million.

UPDATE:  This ring blew past the pre-auction estimates, selling for $5.7 million.   That sale price makes the stone the most expensive red diamond ever sold both by overall price and price per carat.

3.  A Rare Pair of Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ear Pendants


The first of these pendants feature a square-shaped Fancy Intense green diamond weighing in at 5.64 carats, while the second has a square-shaped Fancy Intense Yellowish Green Diamond weighing in at 5.18 carats.   Each pendant features a brilliant-cut white diamond surround highlighted by a pear-shaped pink diamond and brilliant-cut pink diamond hook.   The estimate for the pair is between $3.5 and $5.8 million.

UPDATE:  Did not sell

4.  An Important Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The focal point of this ring is a massive 20.82-carat square-shaped Fancy Vivid yellow diamond.   The piece also features an oval-shaped white diamond surround weighing in between 1.50 and 1.57 carats.  The pre-auction estimate ranges between $1.8 and $2.7 million.

UPDATE:  Did not sell

5.  A Unique Belle Epoque Coloured Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace


From France’s Belle Epoque era of the late 1800s-early 1900s, this pendant necklace is set with a cushion-shaped Fancy Intense yellow diamond weighing in at 52.26 carats.  The chain itself features Old European and Brilliant-Cut white and yellow diamonds.   The estimates for this piece are between $1.8 and $2.6 million.

UPDATE:  A bit of a surprise considering how many industry experts were gushing about this piece prior to the auction, it only sold for $2.5 million.

Opening The Mellon Collection

Sotheby’s highlights the auction world this week with two separate sales from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon.  Paul Mellon, a famed philanthropist and horse breeder, passed away in 1999.   His wife Bunny Mellon, well known in the horticultural world as having designed the White House Rose Garden, passed away in March 2014.

The fine art, furniture and silver from the Mellon residence will be part of a Sotheby’s auction that begins on Friday, November 21.   The jewelry owned by Mrs. Mellon will be part of an auction that begins on Thursday, November 20.   We decided to take a look at the Top 5 Color Diamond jewels that will be part of the sale.

1.  A Magnificent and Rare Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond


The prime jewel of the auction, this pear-shaped Fancy Vivid blue diamond weighs in at a staggering 9.75 carats.   The pre-auction sale estimates are ranging anywhere from between $10 and $16 million (CAD).

UPDATE:  This stone, now named The Zoe Diamond, become a true record-breaker, selling for more than double the high-end estimate at $35.8 million.   This amount set records for highest sale price for a blue diamond at auction as well as the most paid per-carat for a diamond of any kind at auction.

2.  An Exquisite Gold and Diamond Riviera by Cartier


111.0 carats of old European-cut white diamonds make up the bulk of this Cartier necklace but the highlight is a Fancy Deep Yellow diamond weighing 4.20 carats.   The piece is expected to sell for between $1.4 and $1.7 million.

UPDATE:  Another piece that sold for more than double the high-end estimate, this necklace went for $3.1 million.

3.   An Important Fancy Blue Diamond Pendant


The second of two impressive blue diamonds, this pendant featuring a 9.15-carat Fancy Blue diamond mounted on platinum has a low end estimate of $1.1 million.

UPDATE:  Another blue diamond that more than doubled the high-end estimate, this sold for $3.3 million.

4.  An 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Fancy Yellow Diamond & Diamond Bracelet


A stunning bracelet featuring 12 old European-cut yellow diamonds alternating with 12 old European-cut white diamonds.   The stones total approximately 28 carats and is expected to sell for between $137,000 and $192,000.

UPDATE:  The only piece on our list to not at least double the estimate, this bracelet sold for a mere $163,000.

5.  A Platinum, Colored Diamond, Diamond and Diamond Simulant Brooch


A bunny-shaped brooch highlighted by a .50-carat round orangey-brown diamond, a .69-carat Fancy Intense Blue diamond and a .62-carat Light Pink diamond.   The wholly original piece is expected to sell for between $16,000 and $22,000.

UPDATE:  Apparently someone really likes bunnies as this brooch sold for almost 4 times the high-end estimate at $85,8700.

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction

On Wednesday, October 22, Christie’s will be hosting their Magnificent Jewels auction featuring 36 spectacular color diamond pieces.  Here’s a list of the Top 5 of those jewels!

1.  An Important Color Diamond and Diamond Ring


A fabulous diamond ring, featuring a cushion-cut fancy intense 36.09-carat yellow diamond with marquise-cut diamond shoulders.   Set on platinum and 18 karat gold, the piece is could sell as high as $1.1 million (CAD)!

UPDATE:  Did not sell

2.  A Color Diamond and Diamond Ring


The centrepiece of this ring is a 9.73-carat pear-shaped Fancy Brown-Pink diamond with bullet-shaped white diamonds flanking either side.  The rather conservative estimates have this piece selling for between $539,000 and $786,000.

UPDATE: Sold for $679.000

3.  A Color Diamond Ring


A stunning diamond ring, the focal point is a circular-cut fancy vivid yellow-orange weighing in at 2.09 carats.   Industry experts have the piece selling for between $393,000 and $561,000.

UPDATE:  Did not sell

4.  A Color Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace


The only pendant to make our list, it features an amazing pear-shaped fancy brownish yellow diamond, weighing approximately 20.40 carats.  The piece also has circular-cut yellow diamond bar links, spaced out by diamond beads and enhanced with two detachable pear-shaped diamond clasps and mounted in 18 karat white and yellow gold.   The pendant is expected to sell for between $359,000 and $561,000.

UPDATE:  Did not sell

5.  A Color Diamond and Diamond Ring


A flower-shaped diamond ring featuring a modified square-cut 5.18-carat fancy intense yellowish green diamond along with a heart-shaped and oval-cut diamond surround, trimmed with circular-cut pink diamonds and a circular-cut diamond gallery.   The pre-auction estimates have the piece selling for between $337,000 and $561,000.

UPDATE: Sold for $410,000