Christie’s New York will auction the Vivid Yellow, a rare, highly saturated 32.77 ct. fancy vivid yellow diamond at its Oct. 18 Magnificent Jewels sale in New York City.
The golden yellow hue of this large pear-shape stone—which is approximately the size of a guitar pick—is so intense and so deep that the Gemological Institute of America ranks it amongst the rarest of gemstones in its class. The stone is expected to achieve in excess of $6 million. The stone also has the potential to surpass the per-carat price of $203,000 achieved for the Golden Drop, a pear-shape 18.49 ct. yellow diamond sold in June 1990 at Christie’s London.
“The Vivid Yellow literally blazes with color, unlike any yellow diamond I’ve ever seen,” said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Americas, in a statement. “In the world of diamonds, a naturally colored stone of this color and size represents a freak occurrence—an extremely rare geological phenomenon.”
Christie’s has arranged a global preview tour of the Vivid Yellow diamond prior to its auction. The diamond will be on view on the following dates:
- Aug. 30–31: Christie’s London
- Sept. 12–13: Christie’s Geneva
- Sept. 15–16: Christie’s Hong Kong
- Oct. 14–17: Christie’s New York