Fancy a new piece of jewelry this Easter? Empty your piggy bank and prepare for the “Apollo and Artemis Diamonds” – the most expensive pair of earrings ever to be offered for sale.
According to Rough & Polished, Sotheby’s spring sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva will be led by the ‘Apollo and Artemis Diamonds’, featuring fancy vivid blue and fancy intense pink diamonds.
Together, they are the most valuable earrings ever offered in auction. Sotheby’s plans to offer them separately as individual lots “on account of their extreme rarity, power and presence”, according to Sotheby’s.
“The Apollo Blue”, which weighs a mind-blowing 14.54 carats, is the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever to be offered at auction, and will be presented with an estimate of $38 – $50 million. It has been cut and polished into an unmodified pear-shape.
“The Artemis Pink”, estimated at $12.5 – $18 million, weighs 16 carats has been cut into a pear shape to match the “Apollo Blue”. The GIA has declared the “Artemis Pink” to be a ‘Type IIa’ diamond.
The two diamonds “are perfectly matched in size, cut and tonality”, according to Sotheby’s. They are, says David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, “by far the most important pair of earrings ever offered at auction”.