I heart diamonds.
These just seemed fitting this week…
This heart yellow diamond blows me away. See what it sold for at auction here. I have always loved yellow diamonds.
The Blue Heart diamond is 30.82 carats. The gem was cut into its distinctive shape in 1909-1910 and was bought by Cartier shortly thereafter. Since then it has bounced around from a wealthy Argentinian woman, Van Cleef and Arpels, a European family, Harry Winston, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and, finally, the Smithsonian, where The Blue Heart has resided since 1964. And although it may look like it inspired the fictional Heart of the Ocean from the 1997 Leonardo DiCaprio epic, it didn’t – the Heart of the Ocean was actually based on the infamous Hope Diamond.
“It is the most fabulous diamond I’ve seen in my career, ” Graff said in a statement issued by Sotheby’s. He named the gem “the Graff Pink, ” the auction house said.
Laurence Graff, a London jewelry dealer, bought a diamond in a Swiss sale for 45.4 million francs ($45.6 million), a record for any gem at auction.
The 24.78-carat emerald-cut stone was graded “Fancy Intense Pink” by the Gemological Institute of America. It was sold by a private collector and hadn’t been seen on the open market since being bought from Harry Winston about 60 years ago, the New York-based auction house said.