A newly created set of drop earrings featuring the world’s largest pair of pear-shaped diamonds, is expected to fetch up to $30 million when they go under Christie’s hammer in Geneva on Nov. 15.
The “flawless quality” rocks, weighing 52.55 and 50.47 carats, were made into earrings by Boehmer et Bassenge’s new boutique Maison de Haute Joaillerie, in Paris.
The piece of jewellery, named Miroir de l’Amour (Mirror of Love), will be sold alongside an exceedingly rare Fancy Vivid pink pear-shaped diamond ring, which is expected to sale for $16 to $18 million, the auction house said.
When it was auctioned in 2013, this diamond was the largest Fancy Vivid Orange diamond ever to have been discovered, weighing approximately 14.82 carats.
The gem, which sold for over $35.5 million — more than $15m above its high estimate — is also the largest Fancy Vivid Orange diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America.
The Winston Legacy
On 15 May 2013 this exceptional pear-shaped gem — at 101.73 carats, one of the world’s most perfect diamonds — was the top lot in Christie’s record-breaking $102 million Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels. It sold to Harry Winston for $26.7 million, setting a new world record at auction for a colourless diamond.
The world’s largest and flawless pear-shaped diamond set a fresh all-time record at a global auction for a blue diamond. It was sold to Harry Winston for $24 million — more than $1.8 million per carat — and it was rechristened as the Winston Blue.
The diamond industry has rebounded this year after Anglo America’s De Beers unit and Russian rival Alrosa axed supply in 2015. And while rough-diamond prices have gained over 7% this year, main actors such as De Beers have repeatedly warned the final months of the year could be more difficult.