Apollo and Artemis, a pair of fancy colored diamond earrings, sold at Sotheby’s last week for the amazing sum of $57.4 million – more than any earrings ever sold at auction.
The earrings, which were sold separately, were bought by the same person, unidentified by Sotheby’s. According to Forbes, David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division, he was “delighted that the stones will remain together as earrings”.
The Apollo is a 14.54 carat, pear-shaped diamond. It sold for more than $42.08 million, and constitutes “the largest internally flawless fancy vivid blue diamond ever to be offered at auction”. The Fancy Vivid blue diamond was grade as a Type IIb diamond, “which amounts to less than 1% of all diamonds”, according to Gemological Institute of America, which graded both diamonds.
The Artemis, a fancy intense pink diamond, weighs 16 carats and is pear-shaped. It sold for more than $15.3 million. The Artemis was graded by the GIA as a Type IIa diamond – ““the most chemically pure type of diamonds”. According to the piece, no more than 3% of all diamonds are classified as colored diamonds, and “less than 5% of those colored diamonds are predominantly pink”.
According to IDEX Online, the buyer renamed the diamonds “The Memory of Autumn Leaves” (Apollo) and “The Dream of Autumn Leaves” (Artemis).