Fresh off selling the most valuable jewel ever, Sotheby’s Geneva will offer what it calls “the most valuable earrings ever to appear at auction”—a pair of mismatched fancy intense colored diamonds that together could command nearly $70 million.
The auction house is selling the two items as individual lots on May 16. The more expensive of the two is the Apollo Blue, a 14.54 ct. fancy vivid internally flawless blue pear-shape that is expected to fetch between $38 million and $50 million.
The other is the Artemis Pink, a 16 ct. VVS2 fancy intense pink. It carries a comparatively modest $12.5 million to $18 million estimate.
The stones are named after the venerated twin Greek deities Apollo and Artemis.
“These exquisite colored diamonds are enormously rare and each is a wonderful stone in its own right,” said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s international jewelry division, in a statement. “Together, as a pair of earrings, they are breathtaking.”
(Image courtesy of Sotheby’s)