2015 has been a really big year for colored gemstones and fancy colored diamonds. The auctions this year have been epic, with some of the most beautiful and significant stones and pieces of jewelry ever presented. Whether they are historic items with centuries of provenance or modern masterworks, colored stones and diamonds are definitely ruling the roost even over some of the largest flawless and colorless diamonds. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s colored diamond headline makers from some of the most significant auctions so far this year.
The Historic Pink: A VS2 clarity unmodified classic cushion cut, fancy vivid pink diamond weighing 8.72 carats is set between two D color diamonds weighing 1.09 and 1.12 carats respectively and of VVS1and VVS2 clarity. It was auctioned as a part of the Magnificent and Noble Jewel sale held by Sotheby’s in Geneva. Thought to be part of Princess Mathilde Bonaparte’s (1820-1904) collection, the ring sold for $15.9 million to an undisclosed buyer.
The April Magnificent Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s New York yielded the Monarch Blue Diamond stunning fancy blue diamond of 6.06 carats flanked by six round pink diamonds set in platinum and rose gold. A selling price was not disclosed.
A superior Type IIa 9.07 carat emerald cut pink diamond ring was presented by Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction held in Hong Kong on June 2. The classic rectangular shape and cut is normally only used on white diamonds, so to find a pink diamond in this cut is exceedingly rare. It is mounted in platinum on an 18 karat rose gold setting; the stone is flanked and highlighted by two triangular-shaped diamonds, and is originally from noted jeweler Harry Winston.
A stunning fancy intense green, rectangular shaped diamond weighing 5.02 carats set in a platinum ring with a brilliant cut pink diamond gallery and a pair of pear-shaped pink diamonds by the jeweler Moussaieff was snapped up for just under $2.7 million.
Christie’s April 14 auction showcased four stunning colored diamonds including a 5.29 carat purplish pink VS2, a fancy gray blue 5.04 carat round cut diamond, and another fancy purplish pink weighing in at 6.57 carats but of SI1 grade.
On top of this is the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender which just concluded. For enthusiasts of the jeweler’s art as well is investors, auction prices for colored diamonds are keeping the market hot. Even if one is just seeking an engagement ring for one’s intended or a significant pair of earrings for oneself, colored diamonds are an excellent way to balance a portfolio as well as own a unique and arresting piece of jewelry. Buyers may even wish to purchase unmounted colored diamonds in order to have a jeweler create a one-of-a-kind piece that will be cherished for generations.