The Imperial Cushions, a pair of cushion-cut
diamond ear pendants with diamonds from the Golconda mines, set a new
world record for colorless Golconda stones at Christie’s Hong Kong
Jewels sale May 31.
The 23.49- and
23.11-carat stones, each D and potentially flawless, fetched $9.29
$200,000 per carat, a new record. The pre-sale estimate was $7 million
The sale itself
brought in $89.5 million, with 80 percent sold by lot and 89 percent
“With $110 million
changing hands in two days, we have just concluded our best season for
and watches in Asia,” said Vickie Sek, director of the jewelry and
department for Christie’s Asia, in a statement.