It’s only been a few months since “Blue Moon of Josephine” became the world’s most expensive diamond, but the title has been claimed by another precious gem last week. The new record has been set by the “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond, which was sold for $58.000.000 at the Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva.
“Oppenheimer Blue” exceeded all expectations when it was sold for much more than predicted – it had a pre-sale estimate of $38.000.000-$45.000.000, but had ultimately fetched a considerably larger price. From a single look at it, it’s not hard to see why – the exquisite gem has a perfect hue, impeccable proportions and fabulous rectangular shape.
“This blue diamond’s colour and clarity combined with its traditional cutting style and provenance is truly exceptional,” said Tom Moses, executive vice president at the Gemmological Institute of America.
Described as “gem of gems” by Christie’s chairman François Curiel, “Oppenheimer Blue” isn’t only the most expensive, but also one of the rarest diamonds in the world. This staggering 14.62-carat stone was also billed as the largest Vivid Blue diamond ever put up for auction.
“Blue diamonds have gained a wider following, not only because they are stunning, but because there are so few of them available in the world,” said Curiel, giving a valid explanation why both the previous and the current record for the priciest gem are held by blue diamonds.
The stone got its name from the late Sir Philip Oppenheimer, who oversaw De Beers mining for a long time and had given the rare jewel to his wife, which is the best testimonial of the diamond’s impeccable quality. If you want to surprise your loved one with a special gift such as this one, you could afford pretty much anything after the next Mega Millions draw – play now to snatch $203.000.000!