88 Carat Flawless Diamond Fetches $13.7 Million USD

88.22 Carat Oval Diamond

A flawless 88.22 carat diamond fetched more than $13.7 million at the Hong Kong Sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite held Tuesday.

The total, which includes commissions and fees, surpassed the high estimate of $12.7 million. The D color, type Ila, oval brilliant diamond was the top lot in the sale of 2oo items.

A Japanese private collector purchased the stone and named it the “Manami Star,” after his eldest daughter.

“We were thrilled to handle a diamond of such rarity, which now takes its place in the roster of top white diamonds to have come to the market here at Sotheby’s Asia,” said Patti Wong, Sotheby’s chairman in Asia.

Rare 88ct. Diamond to Lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong

88 carat oval diamond

A flawless white diamond with a high estimate of nearly $13 million will head up April’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

The oval brilliant-cut, 88.22-carat, D-color, flawless, type IIa stone is one of only three oval diamonds over 50 carats offered in auction history, Sotheby’s said Tuesday. The stone — which has a presale estimate of $11.2 million to $12.7 million — is the largest to go under the hammer in more than five years.

“For those who have had the chance to see the diamond, one adjective comes back: ‘breathtaking,’” said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s international jewelry division. “Barely any diamonds of this weight are known to possess the same exceptional qualities of purity and perfection as this remarkable stone, which is so full of fire and blinding brilliance.”

The diamond comes from a 242-carat rough stone recovered from De Beers’ Jwaneng mine in Botswana, and took several months to cut and polish, Sotheby’s added.

Source: Diamonds.net

18ct. Diamond Smashes Estimate at Bonhams

Bonhams NY 18ct ring

An 18.04 carat diamond fetched $828,500 at Bonhams on Monday, exceeding its presale estimate of $400,000 to $600,000, Bonhams said Tuesday.

The emerald cut, G color, VS2 clarity ring flanked by trillion cut diamonds led the company’s New York Fine Jewelry sale. It was the first time the stone which was from a private collection had appeared at auction.

“We saw some fierce bidding for this magnificent diamond and are delighted with how well it performed,” said Caroline Morrissey, head of sales for Bonhams Jewelr, US.

At the same sale, a solitaire ring by Royal de Versailles featuring a round brilliant cut, 7.01 carat diamond garnered $275,000, beating its estimate of $180,000 to $250,000.

Other notable items from the auction included a pear-shaped brilliant cut, 5.03 carat, D color, internally flawless diamond solitaire ring. The piece went for $250,000, within its original valuation of $200,000 to $300,000. A cushion shaped modified brilliant cut, 18.76 carat, fancy light yellow diamond ring flanked by white, trillion shaped diamonds fetched $231,250, smashing its estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.

A rectangular shaped emerald cut, 33.03 carat, deep intense blue Sri Lankan sapphire ring failed to find a buyer, Bonhams said. That piece carried a presale estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.

The auction brought in a total of $4 million, according to Rapaport calculations, which Bonhams declined to confirm. The auction house will hold its Fine Jewelry sale in London on Wednesday, featuring a 24.31 carat diamond estimated at $1.7 million to $2.3 million.

Source: Diamonds.net