This multi-million dollar gemstone is the world’s largest and flawless vivid Pink Star Diamond, which is expected to go for $60 million (£48.4m) at an upcoming auction at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.
As potential buyers prepare their multi-million dollar bids, feast your eyes on the 30 most valuable diamonds of all time.
Light of Memory Diamond: $18 million (£14m)
This glorious 9.14-carat pink diamond sold for $18 million (£14m) at Christie’s Geneva in November. Mounted on a Cartier ring, the pear-shaped jewel was bought by a private Asian collector, who named it The Light of Memory.
Taylor-Burton Diamond: $19 million (£15m)
Set in a spectacular necklace, this 68-carat, pear-shaped diamond was bought by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1969, and worn by the actress at the 42nd Academy Awards. Now owned by jeweler Robert Mouawad, Taylor sold the rock on in 1979 following her second divorce from Burton.
Moussaieff Red Diamond: $20 million (£16m)
Of all the colored diamonds, red is the rarest, and this 5.11-carat crimson beauty is the largest cut specimen on the planet. It was discovered in the 90s by a Brazilian farmer in the Abzetezinho River and snapped up by diamond dealer Shlomo Moussaieff.
Chloe Diamond: $21 million (£17m)
The world’s largest D-color, brilliant-cut round diamond, this captivating gemstone was bought by George Marciano of clothing brand Guess in 2007 for $16 million (£13m). He named it after his 12-year-old daughter Chloe.
Archduke Joseph Diamond: $21 million (£17m)
This exquisite antique cushion-shaped diamond totals 76.54 carats. Discovered in the same Indian mine as the much-admired Koh-i-Noor Diamond, the jewel is named after its first owner Archduke Joseph August of Austria. Now part of a private collection, it sold for $21 million (£17m) at Christie’s Geneva in 2012.
Mouawad Blue Diamond: $25 million (£20m)
Formerly known as the Tereshchenko Diamond, the Mouawad Blue is the second largest blue diamond in the world. According to legend, the 42.92-carat diamond, which is said to have been stolen from the eyes of an ancient Hindi sculpture in India, is cursed. The original owner, Mikhail Tereshchenko, lost his fortune in the Russian Revolution. The diamond is now owned by Robert Mouawad, hence the new name.
Cullinan Dream Diamond: $25.4 million (£20.3m)
The exceptionally-flawless 24.18-carat Cullinan Dream was cut from a 122.52-carat stone discovered at Petra Diamond’s Cullinan Mine in South Africa in 2014. One of the most expensive blue diamonds ever sold at auction, the gem fetched $25.4 million (£20.3m) at a Christie’s New York sale last June.
Sweet Josephine Diamond: $28.5 million (£23m)
The Sweet Josephine Diamond is one of the most expensive vivid pink diamonds sold at auction. The multi-million dollar 16.08-carat rock was bought by Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau at a Christie’s Geneva auction in 2015 and named after his seven-year-old daughter.
Great Chrysanthemum Diamond: $30 million (£24m)
This striking orange-brown diamond was discovered in 1963 at the Kimberley Mines in South Africa and bought by jeweler Julius Cohen, who had the rough stone cut into a 104.15-carat gem, which he christened the Great Chrysanthemum after the Chrysanthemum Ball in Texas. Cohen later sold it on and the diamond currently resides in a private collection.
Tiffany Yellow Diamond: $30 million (£24m)
The handiwork of New York jeweler Tiffany & Co., this fabulous yellow diamond was worn by Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn in 1961 publicity photographs for Breakfast At Tiffany’s. The 128.54-carat diamond was cut in 1888 and is still owned by the company. Apart from Audrey Hepburn, only one other woman has worn it.
Unique Pink Diamond: $31.6 million (£25m)
Mounted on a ring, the Unique Pink Diamond sold for $31.6 million (£25m) when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Geneva in May 2016. The 15.38-carat jewel was bought by an anonymous Asian buyer and holds the record for the most expensive pear-shaped, pink diamond sold at auction.
Zoe Diamond: $32.6 million (£26m)
This 9.75-carat fancy pear-shaped diamond was sold by the estate of philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon at a Sotheby’s sale in 2014. The azure-hued stone was purchased by a private collector in Hong Kong, who named it the Zoe Diamond.
Orange Diamond: $35.5 million (£28m)
The largest and most expensive orange diamond ever sold at auction, this 14.82-carat stunner went under the hammer for $35.5 million (£28m) in 2013. Priced at $2.4 million (£1.9m) per carat, the rock also set a world record for price per carat.
Princie Diamond: $39.3 million (£31.4m)
The Princie Diamond was found 300 years ago in India. The world’s third largest pink diamond, it was named in honor of the Maharaja of Baroda’s son by jeweler Pierre Arpels in 1960 and once belonged to the Nizam of Hyderabad. The diamond was sold at Christie’s New York in 2013 for $39.3 million (£31.4m).
Blue Moon of Josephine Diamond: $48.4 million (£38.7m)
Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau bought this exceptional 12.03-carat blue diamond in 2015, the day after he snapped up the pink rock he christened Sweet Josephine. Lau named the blue diamond, which was discovered at a South African mine in 2014, after his seven-year-old daughter too.
Oppenheimer Blue Diamond: $50.6 million (£40m)
The Oppenheimer Blue holds the world record for most expensive jewel ever sold at auction, though it may not hold onto the record for much longer. Named after its former owner Sir Philip Oppenheimer, the 14.62-carat blue diamond was sold last May for $50.6 million (£40m) by Christie’s Geneva.
Graff Pink Diamond: $51 million (£41m)
Now likely to be worth in the region of $51 million (£41m ), this emerald-cut, pink diamond, sold for $46 million (£37m) at a Sotheby’s auction in 2010. Hailed as one of the greatest diamonds ever discovered, the 24.78-carat gem was bought by jeweler Laurence Graff.
Regent Diamond: $60 million (£48.4m)
The 140.64-carat Regent Diamond is owned by the French government and resides at the Louvre in Paris. The diamond was discovered in 1698 in India by a slave who was later murdered by an English sea captain. The jewel, which is said to be cursed, ended up in the collection of the French Regent, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans and was requisitioned by the French state after the revolution.
Pink Star Diamond: $60 million (£48.4m)
The Pink Star Diamond, which was found in 1999 at a De Beers mine in South Africa, is expected to fetch $60 million (£48.4m) when it goes up for auction in April. Diamond cutter Isaac Wolf bid $80 million (£64m) for the 59.6-carat gemstone at a Sotheby’s Geneva auction in 2013 but hasn’t been able to settle the bill, causing the upcoming sale.
Constellation Diamond: $63.3 million (£50.6m)
This gigantic 813-carat rock holds the world record for the most expensive rough diamond. The largest diamond to be discovered in over a century, the Constellation Diamond was mined in 2015 by Lucara from its Karowe mine in Botswana and sold to jeweler De Grisogono last year.
Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond: $87 million (£70m)
Controversially re-cut by jeweler Laurence Graff in 2008, the gemstone formerly known as the Wittelsbach Diamond was reportedly sold in 2011 to the former Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, for at least $80 million (£70m). The deep blue diamond boasts a total of 31.06 carats.
Harrods Diamond: $90 million (£72m)
Last December, luxury London department store Harrods unveiled its eponymous 228.31-carat rock, which is being put up for sale after languishing for years in the store’s vaults. The price, thought to be around $90 million (£72m), is available on application.
De Beers Centenary Diamond: $100 million (£80m)
Discovered in South Africa’s Cullinan Mine in 1986, this alluring 273.85-carat rock is one of the largest cut white diamonds in the world. No longer owned by De Beers, the diamond was sold to a collector some years ago, who has chosen to remain anonymous.
De Beers Millennium Star: $100 million (£80m)
De Beers may have offloaded its Centenary Diamond, but the firm still owns the breathtaking 203.04-carat Millennium Star. Unearthed in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) back in 1990, the jewel was precision-cut using lasers and first displayed in October 1999 as the centerpiece of the De Beers Millennium Diamond Collection.
Jacob Diamond: $113 million (£90m)
The Jacob Diamond was discovered in 1884 and put up for sale in 1891 by gemstone trader Alexander Malcolm Jacob. It was bought by the then-Nizam of Hyderabad Mahbub Ali Khansoon soon after and ended up being used as a paperweight by the last Nizam. The jewel was acquired by the government of India from the Nizam’s trust for an estimated $13 million (£10m) in 1995.
Hope Diamond: $250 million (£200m)
Like the Mouawad Blue and Regent Diamonds, the renowned Blue Hope Diamond is said to carry a curse, bringing misfortune to anyone who owns or wears it. Nevertheless, this hasn’t put off buyers over the years. Mined in India back in the early 17th century, the 45.52-carat rock has passed through a number of owners, including King Louis XIV of France, and is now the property of the Smithsonian Institution.
Daria-i-Noor Diamond: priceless
The 186-carat Daria-i-Noor, which means ‘Sea of Light’, forms part of the Iranian Crown Jewels. The pale pink jewel was discovered in India centuries ago and was owned by the Kakatiya dynasty in the 11th century. Given its historical significance, the multi-million dollar diamond is considered priceless.
Koh-i-Noor Diamond: priceless
One of the star attractions of England’s glittering Crown Jewels, the fabled Koh-i-Noor (‘Mountain of Light’) Diamond is set in the Queen Mother’s Crown. Discovered in the 13th century, the priceless 105.602-carat gemstone was first owned by the Kaktiya dynasty and controversially passed on under dubious circumstances to Queen Victoria in 1849 – the Indian government has been demanding its return since 1947.
Cullinan II (Second Star of Africa) Diamond: priceless
The Cullinan II, also known as the Second Star of Africa, was cut from the storied Cullinan Diamond, which totaled a staggering 3,106.75 carats in its rough state. The splendid multi-million dollar diamond was mined in South Africa back in 1905 and gifted to Britain’s King Edward VII. Regarded as priceless, the 317.4-carat Cullinan II is set in the front of the Imperial State Crown.
Cullinan I (Great Star of Africa) Diamond: priceless
The world’s most valuable-cut diamond, the colossal 530.2-carat Cullinan I, the Great Star of Africa, is considered priceless but some experts have suggested it may be worth over $2 billion (£1.6bn). Cut from the original rough Cullinan stone and set at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, it is the most prized item of the English Crown Jewels.
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