10 most expensive diamonds which were sold at auction
These great-looking rocks crystallize deep in the bowels of the Earth, at extremely high pressure and temperature. Generally, diamond deposits are at depths greater than 150 km and close to the surface are raised only by the movement of tectonic plates of the Earth. After proper cut stones goes up for auction, where people are willing to lay out for them fabulous sums of money.
1. "Archduke Joseph" - 21, $ 5 million
76-carat colorless diamond cut "rectangular cushion" was sold for 21, $ 5 million at the Geneva gems Christie's auction in November 2012. Initially, the diamond was found in the diamond mines of Golconda in India. The previous owner of the "Archduke Joseph" for 13 years, was Alfredo Molina, CEO of jeweler Black, Starr & Frost jewelers.
2. The "Ideal" - US $ 22 million
"This diamond is perfect in every sense of the word," - said Lisa Hubbard, chairman of the jewelry division Sotheby's North and South America. Stone cut "emerald" was sold in April this year for $ 22 million. We found the "ideal" in the famous De Beers mines in South Africa.
3. "Perfect Pink" - $ 23 million
Diamond, known as the "Perfect Pink", weighing 14, 23 carats was sold in 2010 at an auction in Hong Kong for 23, 166 million dollars. Auctioneers expect that the price of a diamond ranges from 14 to 19 million dollars, but the buyers are very interested in it an extremely rare pink color.
to 4. "Winston Blue" - 23, 8 million dollars
The world's largest bright blue diamond, owned by Harry Winston, division of Swatch Group, was sold at Christie's Geneva auction for 23, 8 million dollars in May 2014.
5. The 118-carat eggs - 30, 6 million dollars
This egg-shaped diamond weighing 118 carats 28 was the largest diamond ever sold at auction. It was purchased for 30, 6 million dollars at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction in October 2013.
6. "Orange" - 35, $ 5 million
The unique stone is very rare orange weighing 14, 82 carats was sold at Christie's auction in Geneva for 35, 5 million dollars in November 2013. Thus it was broken the world record price per carat for colored diamonds.
7. "Prinsi" - $ 40 million
300 34-year-old, 65-carat pink diamond Princie was sold in 2013 for $ 40 million at Christie's auction in New York. Interestingly, the stone is the cause of family feuds, in March 2015 the Italian millionaire Amedeo Andzhiollio sued Christie's, claiming that his favorite diamond was stolen half-brother, who then put the stone up for auction, without having the rights. Initially, the diamond was mined in India and was transmitted from generation to generation until it was acquired by Renato, Father Amedeo Andzhiollio.
8. "Graff Pink" - $ 46 million Ring with a pink diamond bright pink color weighing 24, 78 carats was purchased for $ 46 million in 2010, the British billionaire Laurence Graff. What is interesting, Mr. Graff is not even graduated from high school and worked as a janitor before he became the world's largest dealer of diamonds and precious stones.
9. "Wittelsbach-Graff" - $ 80m
31-carat diamond deep blue color was acquired by Laurence Graff, founder of Graff Diamonds, in 2008 for 23, 4 million dollars. Today, after the sale of the stone in 2011. Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, the cost of "Wittelsbach-Graff" has grown to an incredible $ 80 million. Blue or blue diamonds are the second in the world after rarity red.
10. "Pink Star" - 72 million USD
Diamond "Pink Star" weight 59, 6 carats was bought at Sotheby's in Geneva in 2014, for 83, 02 million dollars Isaac Wolf, a cutter from New York. However, it turned out that Wolf was not able to pay for your purchase, so Sotheby's again put the diamond up for sale for 72 million dollars.