Archduke Joseph diamond comes to auction



2015-06-26 11:18:44

Archduke Joseph diamond comes to auction

24 Sep 2012, 13:34

Christie’s have announced the inclusion of one of the world’s rarest and most famous diamonds in their 13th November Geneva sale.

The Archduke Joseph diamond is 76.02 carats, with flawless colour and clarity. As a diamond, it is incomparable in terms of historical and gemological significance.

The diamond was first recorded as having belonged to the Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Palatine of Hungary (1872-1962), hence its name.

It disappeared for a while over the second world war, re-emerging at auction in 1961, and then again in 1993.

The Archduke Joseph diamond can be traced back to the ancient Indian Golconda mines, where many of the most stunning and celebrated diamonds originate.

The Golconda diamond fields were an ancient source in South Central India traceable back to 400 B.C. The diamonds found here are considered the world’s finest, with a special soft watery pure whiteness that allows light to seemingly pass through unimpeded.

Head of Jewellery at Christie's Americas and Switzerland Rahul Kadakia, commented: “The Archduke Joseph Diamond is the finest and largest perfect Golconda diamond ever to appear at auction. It is comparable in its noble lineage and superb quality to the legendary Koh-i-Noor diamond that forms part of the crown jewels of Great Britain. It is particularly fortuitous to bring this historic gem back to market in the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

While the auction estimate has not been made public, it is generally expected that the diamond will exceed a price of $15 million.


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