Gem aficionados will be pleased with the breathtaking jewelry that went to auction in fall 2014. Diamonds and colored stones found their way into the hearts of all, and went home with a few lucky bidders. Have a look at the stunning pieces featured below.
Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Pendant
This 9.75 carat Fancy Vivid blue pear-shaped diamond pendant took the show by storm, setting a new auction record for highest per-carat price for any diamond: $3.3 million. The winning bid was $32.6 million—making it also the most expensive blue diamond sold at auction. It surpassed the Wittelsbach-Graff Fancy Deep grayish blue diamond that was sold by Christie’s London in December 2008 for $24.3 million.
GIA Grading Results: Fancy Vivid Blue, Natural color, VVS2 clarity. (GIA report no. 1162481650)
Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Ring
This Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid purple-pink diamond weighing 8.41 carats and mounted in a platinum ring, exceeded auction estimates by selling for an extraordinary $17.7 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. This diamond is rare for its size, hue, and saturation of color.
GIA Grading Results: Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink, Natural color, Internally Flawless clarity, with Excellent Polish, type IIa (GIA report no 1162202561)
Graff Ruby Ring
Laurence Graff originally bought the ruby at auction in 2006 and named the stone the Graff Ruby. Set in a ring designed by Graff with triangular shaped and round brilliant cut diamonds, this cushion-shaped gemstone exhibits a vivid red hue characteristic of natural rubies from Mogok, located in Burma. In the trade, the color is often referred to as “pigeon’s blood.” Rubies of this size, color, and clarity are rare—accounting for the soaring price of the few that are on the market. The Graff Ruby sold for $8.6 million; very close to the top of its pre-sale estimate.
Blue Sapphire Ring
This velvety blue step cut sapphire weighs 27.54 carats and comes with two ring mountings designed and made by Graff. The sapphire from Kashmir has no indication of treatment. It sold for more than its pre-sale estimate, realizing $5.9 million. See more dazzling blue diamonds and sapphires that went to auction in 2014.
A 101.36 carat cushion-cut diamond set in a pendant. It hangs from a black silk cord with a platinum clasp and bail, both pavé-set with diamonds. This striking pendant sold for $4.9 million.
GIA Grading Results: L color, VS2 clarity, with Excellent polish and Excellent symmetry. (GIA report no. 5161198252)
If this Christie’s New York piece swept you off of your feet, take a look at winter white diamonds at auction in 2013.
Do you love exploring exceptional diamonds and colored stones? See some of our favorite auction pieces from previous years, including yellow diamonds, vintage coral, and record-breaking magnificent jadeite.