The “Aurora Green,” the 5.03 carat fancy vivid green diamond garnered $16.8 million, or $3.3 million per carat, when it hit the auction block at Christie’s Hong Kong Tuesday, becoming the most expensive green diamond ever sold at auction. Hong Kong-based manufacturer and retailer Chow Tai Fook Jewellery purchased the stone. Here is our first post about the diamond.
The previous auction record for a green diamond was held by the “Ocean Dream,” a 5.5-carat fancy vivid blue-green diamond that sold for $8.6 million at Christie’s Geneva in May 2014.
The Aurora Green led Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale, which totaled $60.7 million. When taking into account the jewels that were offered in the anniversary to celebrate the auction house’s 30th anniversary in Asia, jewelry sales Tuesday were $85 million.
Wow, $16.8 million!