Australia's first-ever red diamond auction could realise $921,556



2015-06-26 11:57:12

Australia's first-ever red diamond auction could realise $921,556

Sotheby's will be alit by this Argyle Diamond, while Christie's is selling two glistening jewels of its own...

Christie's will be auctioning two of the world's most exceptional jewels in its April 22 sale.

The Emperor Maximilian Diamond, a 39.55-carat colourless stone, will sell alongside The Catherine the Great Emerald and Diamond Brooch.

The latter features a Colombian emerald weighing over 60 carats.

 The Emperor Maximilian Diamond and the Catherine the Great Emerald and Diamond Brooch

The rare diamonds are estimated to sell between $1m and $1.5m, and boast a truly exceptional history and provenance.

Both the diamonds will be previewed at Christie's Hong Kong today and tomorrow (April 8-9) before the winning bidder is revealed on April 22 in New York.

Meanwhile, Sotheby's Australia's upcoming April 12 sale of antique and contemporary jewellery boasts the first-ever red diamond offered for public auction in Oz.

 The Argyle diamond: the first red diamond to auction in Australia

Carrying a pre-sale estimate of $645,065 and $921,556, the 0.82-carat, fancy purplish-red Argyle diamond flanked by a pair of fancy blue diamonds in a round brilliant-cut diamond surround.

The above is set into a platinum ring. It will sell with a letter from Argyle Diamonds confirming its rarity.

All prices are shown in US dollars.

Images: Christie's and Sotheby's

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