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We take a look at the world’s most expensive coloured diamonds sold by UK auction house Sotheby’s in 2016.
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De Beers Millennium Jewel 4: This internally flawless blue diamond was sold at $32m (HK$ 248.28m) in Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction in Hong Kong. Weighing 10.10 carats, the diamond achieved the highest price ever paid for a jewel at auction in Asia.
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The Unique Pink: Featuring a rare fancy vivid pink shade, this 15.38 carat diamond has sold for $30.2m (CHF30.8m) at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva. It is reported to have exceptional clarity.
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Superb fancy vivid blue diamond ring: Set with a pear-shaped, fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 7.32 carats, this ring sold for $16.3m (CHF16.7m) at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva.
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Important fancy intense blue diamond brooch, Alexandre Reza: This piece is set with a marquise-shaped fancy intense blue diamond weighing 6.64 carats, highlighted with two pear-shaped fancy intense blue diamonds weighing 2.01 and 1.01 carats and accented with similarly shaped colourless diamonds. It was originally a pendant suspended from a necklace set with D-colour, Internally Flawless marquise-shaped diamonds, created by Alexandre Reza. It sold for $13m (CHF13.3m) at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva.
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Magnificent Fancy Intense Pink Diamond: From an important private collection, this pink diamond is of natural colour with VVS1 Clarity and the potential to be internally flawless. The ring is set with a step-cut fancy intense pink diamond weighing 17.07 carats between traingular diamonds. It was also sold at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva, this time for $20.3m (CHF20.7m)
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The Sky Blue Diamond: Sold for $16.7m (CHF17.1m) at Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva, this fancy vivid blue diamond ring by Cartier is named after its highly sought-after hue. It is set with a square-cut fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 8.01 carats while its geometric mount is set with brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds.
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Magnificent fancy intense pink diamond ring: This piece is set with a pear-shaped fancy intense pink diamond weighing 13.20 carats. It was sold at $16m (CHF16.2m) during Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva.
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Magnificent fancy deep blue diamond ring: Another diamond ring is set with an oval fancy deep blue diamond weighing 7.74 carats, between shield-shaped diamond shoulders. It was sold at $13.4m (CHF13.7m) at Geneva’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction.