The Blue Royal will take center stage at Christie’s Geneva’s Magnificent Jewels auction on November 7th.
The magnificent 17.61-carat Bleu Royal is the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue stone ever offered for sale at auction.
This diamond, cut and polished into a flawlessly symmetrical pear with a rich brilliant blue color and faultless clarity, is among the rarest ever discovered (estimate US$35-50 million).
For the past 50 years, Bleu Royal has been part of an important private collection. This is the first time the stone, placed in a ring, will be auctioned off.
“This is a true miracle of nature,” says Christie’s International Head of Jewellery Rahul Kadakia. “Throughout our 257-year history, Christie’s has had the privilege of auctioning off the world’s rarest gems, and Bleu Royal continues this tradition.” We are delighted to provide collectors with the opportunity to acquire a diamond suitable for royalty.”
Prices for top-quality coloured diamonds have risen rapidly in recent years, driven by collector demand and an increasingly limited supply.
In the saleroom, Fancy Vivid Blue diamonds over 10 carats are virtually unheard of — in more than 250 years of auction history at Christie’s, only three such stones have ever appeared for sale: The Bulgari Blue, 10.95 carats, sold for $15,762,500 in New York in October 2010; The Winston Blue, 13.22 carats, sold for $23,795,372 in Geneva in May 2014; and The Oppenheimer Blue, 14.62 carats, sold for $57,541,779 in Geneva in May 2016.