Sotheby's to sell the world's most valuable pair of earrings
Sotheby's is set to sell the world's most expensive pair of earrings, with a value of more than $50 million.
Known as 'The Apollo and Artemis Diamonds' the two remarkable gems have been described as "by far the most important pair of earrings ever offered at auction".
Although offered as individual lots, the diamonds have been cut and set as a distinct pair, with a combined total estimate of $50 - $68 million.
The Apollo Blue is a pear-shaped diamond weighing 14.54 carats, and is the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue diamond to ever hit the auction block.
Just 0.1% of all diamonds discovered at the Cullinan Mine in South Africa are blue in colour, and this specimen is expected to sell for $38 - $50 million.
The Artemis Pink is a Fancy Intense Pink diamond weighing 16 carats, and cut into a pear shape to match the Apollo Blue.
Described by experts as "phenomenally rare", the stone is valued at $12.5 - $18 million.
"These exquisite coloured diamonds are enormously rare and each is a wonderful stone in its own right," said David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division.
"Together, as a pair of earrings, they are breathtaking. We have named them after Apollo and Artemis, a twin brother and sister of great power and beauty who were among the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities.
"These are diamonds of great distinction, with extraordinary presence, and we are honoured that Sotheby’s has been chosen to bring them to auction in May."
The Sotheby’s spring sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels takes place at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva on May 16.
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