April was full of auctions that yielded pretty exciting and unexpected results; however, most of the action definitely took place closer to the end of the month. While we would love to go into details for all the lots that did (and did not) sell, we want to focus on something far greater. During the month of April, we had not 1 but 2 record-breaking blue diamonds.
Let’s take a closer look at these amazing stones!
The first record breaker was a breathtaking 3.09 carat, VS1, Fancy Intense Blue diamond. This stone was the top lot at Christies April 19, New York auction, and sold for a remarkable $5.375 million (or $1.74 million per carat). This was enough to set a new record for Fancy Intense Blue diamonds for the subcategory of 3-5 carats, exceeding the previous record which was set by a 3.13 carat, IF, Fancy Intense Blue stone during Sotheby’s April 2017 Hong Kong Auction, valued at $1.53 million
The 3.09 carat stone far surpassed its pre-auction estimates of $2-$3 million, indicating that there might be potential for re-polishing the gem into an upgraded Fancy Vivid Blue.
Being a higher color grade, it could potentially add significant value to the stone. While we can’t be certain of what the future entails for this diamond, we hope to see it break the record for its category again someday.
The key word in the previous sentence was “again” because the stone’s reign was short-lived. Just a day after the initial record was broken, a second blue stone yielded an even higher price tag during the Sotheby’s April 20th auction.
Image Source: Sotheby's
The stone in question was a magnificent 3.47 carat, I1, Fancy Intense Blue diamond which sold for a massive $6.66 million (or $1.92 million per carat.) This was significant as it not only set a new record for Fancy Intense Blues in the 3-5 carat category, it also broke the record for highest price per carat for the same category.
Currently, the higher price per carat record belongs to a 6.64-carat Fancy Intense Blue, which was sold during a Geneva auction in May 2016. The 6.64 carat stone has not been officially proclaimed as the blue diamond with the highest price per carat value because it has not been separately measured.
At the time of its sale, the gem was set in a broach accompanied by 2 other blue diamonds and the piece was valued as a whole. It has been estimated however that the diamond can yield a very impressive $2.06 million per carat.
The fact that we had 2 record-breaking diamonds back to back is a great sign for the industry. It indicates that investors are beginning to educate themselves and are willing to pay higher and higher prices for colored diamonds. While we don’t know for sure how the industry will evolve; diminishing supply, heightened demand, and record-breaking stones are all a clear sign of a prosperous future for the fancy colored diamond market.
For more insight on colored diamonds be sure to
- Arpege Diamonds Presents Famous Blue Diamonds: The Oppenheimer Blue
- The Arpege Tribute to the Brilliant Blue Diamonds (Part 1)
- Jaw Dropping Blue Diamonds
- 4 Superstar Blue Diamonds
- Famous Blue Diamonds: The Wittelsbach-Graff