Diamond Rivière Necklace

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2015-06-26 10:54:18

The Diamond Rivière Necklace is a “highly important” white diamond necklace.

It was sold in April 2010 for $6,721,306, the most expensive lot in that particular auction.

Characteristics

The straight-line necklace consists of 50 graduated, brilliant-cut white diamonds, mounted on platinum. In total, the diamonds weigh 107.43 carats, each one weighing between 1.50 to 6.55 carats.

The 6.55 carat diamond has been determined to be “Type IIa”, which is “the most chemically pure type of diamond and often ha[s] exceptional optical transparency.”

Described as having “[e]xcellent cut, polish and symmetry”, the diamonds have flawless to internally flawless clarity and have been classified ‘D’ colour.

Value

On April 7th 2010, the Diamond Rivière Necklace was auctioned in the Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite” sale in Hong Kong.

The necklace, with an estimated price of $4.1-5.1million, “really brought bidders out of their seats”. It sold for “an astonishing” $6,721,306, making it the most expensive lot in the auction.

This figure contributed to the auction achieving a record total for “a sale in this category conducted by Sotheby's in Hong Kong”.

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