A recent piece in the Jewelry Editor magazine, dedicated to the most valuable diamonds sold in 2016, showcases the rarest, most expensive diamonds sold last year. The top ten most valuable diamonds feature four blues, three pinks and one green, suggesting that fancy color diamonds, due to their rarity and ever-increasing demand, are the diamonds that were most coveted by collectors and investors in 2016.
Here are the top ten most valuable diamonds sold in 2016:
1. “The Constellation”, sold for $63.3 million: This 813-carat rough was unearthed by Lucara in its Karowe mine in Botswana. According to the piece, it was sold for $63.3 million in May, making it the most valuable diamond of 2016. “The Constellation” measures six centimeters across and is likely to be one of the largest flawless diamonds in the world when it is cut and polished.
2. The Oppenheimer Blue diamond, sold for $57,541,779. The Oppenheimer, sold at Christie’s Geneva in May, is a 14.62- carat blue diamond and is one of the finest Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever to go up for auction. According to Forbes, the diamond sold for a record time of 25 minutes.
3. The Unique Pink diamond, sold for $31,561,200 at Sotheby’s Geneva in May. This became the most expensive Fancy Vivid pink diamond in the world.
4. “Cullinan Dream”, sold for $25.4 million. Sold by Christie’s New York in June, the “Cullinan Dream” became “the largest and most expensive fancy intense blue diamond ever sold at auction”, according to Forbes.
5. 17.07 carat Fancy Intense pink diamond ring, sold for $20,778,352 at Sotheby’s Geneva in November.
6. 9.14 carat pear-shaped Fancy Vivid pink diamond, renamed “The Light of Memory”, sold for $18,174,631 at Christie’s Geneva in November.
7. Miroir de‘Amour pear-shaped D color flawless diamond earrings, sold for $17,613,175 at Christie’s Geneva in November.
8. 7.32 carat internally flawless Fancy Vivid blue diamond, sold for $17,112,629 at Sotheby’s Geneva in May.
9. Sky Blue diamond, a Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing 8.01 carats, sold for $17,074,168 at Sotheby’s Geneva in November.
10. 5.03 carat Fancy Vivid Aurora Green diamond, sold for $16,818,981 at Christie’s Hong Kong in May. The “Aurora Green” is special not just because of its size (5.03 carats) but also because of its VS2 clarity. The diamond “set two auction records when it sold for $16.8 million at Christie’s Hong Kong in May, shattering the previous record for a green diamond by millions”, according to the Jewelry Editor.