The flawless pear-shaped blue-diamond was once part of the legendary De Beers Millennium Collection. It is said that it was the first gem of its kind to appear in auction from the collection De Beers, (the world’s largest diamond producer).
Auctioneers Sotheby’s had priced the said diamond at between US$4.6-million and US$5.8-million and was sold in Hong Kong to London-based gem merchant named “Alisa Moussaieff” who paid more than the expected price.
She was quite satisfied with the price and said:
“It’s and individual thing and people have got to like it and people have got to see the value in it, but we do see the value and I hope our clients will see the value, as well.”
Her London-based boutique will change the gem’s mounting and offer the stone “to discerning clients, possibly in ‘ASIA’ ”, she said.
The De Beers Millennium Collection comprised 12 rare gems and took decades to assemble. Blue diamonds are among the rarest of all gems and owe their natural color to the presence of the chemical element “boron” during the stone’s formation.
The overall auction raised US$52.4-million, a figure Sotheby’s said was the highest total ever for a sale of this category. They say that the auction’s location probably helped. Because according to Sotheby’s, “Hong Kong has become the world’s third largest auction hub after New York and London, spurred by China’s growing wealth and increasing taste for fine art.”