A few short months later though and another vivid blue diamond know as Oppenheimer Blue sold at Christie’s for a whopping $57.4 million, far surpassing it’s $45 million estimate.
At 14.62 carats with a VVS1 clarity, the Oppenheimer Blue is still set in its original “Eight Blades” platinum mounting from Verdura.
‘The Oppenheimer Blue was named in honour of a very special connoisseur, its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer. ‘The Oppenheimer family has been a leader in the diamond industry for generations and Sir Philip could have had any diamond he wanted. But he chose this one, with its perfect hue, impeccable proportions and fabulous rectangular shape.’
Oppenheimer began working in the family business at De Beers London in 1934, where he sorted and valued diamonds.Later, as head of the London-based Central Selling Organisation for more than 45 years and chairman of the Diamond Trading Company branch, he oversaw a diamond sales business set up by De Beers to control the global diamond supply.
The Oppenheimer Blue wasn’t the only big ticket item sold last Wednesday. Although it was the highlight of the Magnificent Jewels sale, there was a total of $169.5 million sold that day which included superb Jewels from the collection of H.S.H. Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen, which sold 100 percent by lot for a total of $22.5 million.
Not just special for it’s price tag, this exceptional diamond is classified as a Vivid Blue, emphasized by its classical emerald cut. “The Oppenheimer Blue can only be described as one of the rarest gems in the world. It is the gem of gems.” ~ Chrities