In 2013, diamonds were everyone’s best friend. Check out 15 of the most jaw-dropping, wondrous, luminescent, and headline-grabbing diamonds this year had to offer.
In September, Sotheby’s announced it was auctioning off the Pink Star—a 59.6 ct. oval cut pink diamond it called the “most valuable diamond ever offered at auction.” The auction house estimated the diamond would sell for more than $60 million. It sold for $83 million.
This 257 ct. rough cut diamond found by Lucara Diamond Corp. at its Karowe Mine in Botswana isn’t as big as a diamond planet, but it’s pretty close.
Forget Orange Is the New Black, orange diamonds bring in the most green. The Orange, the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever offered, sold for $35,540,612. The prodigious sale set two new world records: the highest price per carat ($2.4 million) paid for any diamond sold at auction; and the highest-ever price paid for an orange diamond at auction.
This kid didn’t make all of us want to book a trip to Arkansas.
Terry Staggs of Richmond, Ky., could only find a 2.95 ct. brown diamond at the park.
In September, Russian diamond miner Alrosa announced that it unearthed a 235.16 ct. diamond. It has been valued between $1.5 million and $2 million.
The above is true provided you have more than $30 million to throw around. This 118 ct. D flawless oval sold for $238.7 million in Hong Kong dollars (approximately $30.6 million U.S.) at its Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction on Oct. 7, setting a new record for a white diamond.
A huge diamond found by Botswana blah, blah, blah.
In April, a 25.5 ct. blue diamond was recovered by Petra Diamonds Limited at the Cullinan mine in South Africa.
On April 24, a 5.3 ct. fancy deep-blue diamond sold for $9.6 million at Bonhams’ Fine Jewellery sale in London—setting a record $1.8 million per-carat price for a diamond that color.
The year wasn’t all pink, blue, and orange. Red made a statement when Argyle announced in May it would feature three ultra-rare red diamonds in its Pink Diamond Tender, including the 1.56 ct. I2 fancy red, dubbed the Argyle Phoenix.
On April 16, the Princie, a 34.65 ct. fancy intense pink cushion cut, scored $39.3 million ($1.1 million a carat) at Christie’s New York—making it the most expensive jewel ever sold in the auction house’s 200-plus year history.
In March, the ring Napoleon gave to Josephine sold for 896,400 euros (including fees), or $1.15 million, at the French auction house Osenat.
If Gina Lollobrigida’s jewelry collection wasn’t classy enough—Sotheby’s sold the entire lot for $4.96 million—this May auction also featured a 74 ct. yellow diamond that once belonged to a Persian shah.
Kim Kardashian’s 20 ct. t.w. engagement ring from former husband Kris Humphries fetched $749,000 at Christie’s New York on Oct. 15—above its $300,000 to $500,000 estimate, although well below its $2 million reported value.