NEW YORK – Since the highly successful inaugural Elizabeth Taylor online sale in December 2011, Christie’s continues to innovate with online across all categories for collectors worldwide. In the auction closing June 30, Christie’s Jewels will offer the largest D color diamond to be offered for sale online. Estimated at $1 million-$2 million, this is the highest valued lot ever offered for sale online at Christie’s. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.
Encouraged by record online participation and the increased level of transaction, Christie’s Jewels has enhanced its online sales calendar to include higher value property and to offer a new sale each month. The June Online sale will be led by a spectacular diamond ring of 28.86 carats, D color, VVS1 clarity, Type IIa ($1,000,000-2,000,000), the highest valued lot ever offered in an online-only sale at Christie’s.
The combination of a diamond’s unparalleled hardness and crystalline purity has merited its celebrated status and established the stone as the pinnacle of all gemstones. The spectacular 28.86 carat D color VVS1 clarity emerald-cut diamond ring ($1million-$2 million) presented in Jewels Online possesses a purity of color and transparency which can only be found in world’s finest natural diamonds. The diamond also belongs to the rare Type IIa category, which are extremely rare, making up less than 2% of all diamonds. These rare diamonds have been unearthed from only a limited number of sources around the world, deeming this stone a miraculous phenomenon.
Type IIa diamonds are the most chemically pure and are characterized by their exceptional transparency. These stones are incredibly rare gems of the diamond family and have no traces of the colorant nitrogen. The absence of this element gives the stone a purity of color that is observed only in the finest stones originating from the fabled mines of Golconda, Brazil and South Africa.
The shape of the stone, the emerald-cut, is one of the oldest diamond shapes with stylistic origins tracing back to the 1500s. During the Art Deco movement in the 1920s, the cut was modernized based off a shape initially created for emeralds, thus the name, and the style rose to popularity. Today, the sleek look of an emerald-cut diamond, with its elongated, step-cut facets, is admired all over the world.
The June edition of Jewels Online (closing June 30) features over 150 lots of fine jewels from antique to contemporary. All major jewelry houses are represented, including Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, JAR, Tiffany & Co. and Verdura. Spanning a range of price points, this online auction features a broad selection of fine jewels and iconic designs sure to delight seasoned collectors and enthusiasts alike. The auction is led by a spectacular 28.86-carat emerald-cut D color diamond, the largest diamond of its type ever to be offered for sale in an online-only auction.
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