This month at Christie’s Magnificent Jewel auction in Hong Kong, a 5.03-carat fancy vivid green diamond is predicted to sell for between $16 and $20 million when it hits the block later this month.
According to Christie’s, GIA says it is the largest fancy vivid green natural color diamond it has graded as of January 20, 2016.
The diamond will be the premier lot at the auction on May 31, which is part of a special series of sales to celebrate Christie’s 30th anniversary in Asia.
Green diamonds are highly sought after by world gemstone collectors. A collector will acquire it for the beauty and unique color as well as its rare position in the world. The fact that it is the only one of its kind on earth gives it a certain level of prestige.
It is not a coincidence that the Aurora Green diamond is being offered at a Hong Kong based auction. For the Chinese, the color green symbolizes growing, striving, claiming, healing, and patience among other meanings. On the other hand, if you wear a green hat, it symbolizes that you have an unfaithful wife, so one must be careful on how green is used!
The cut cornered rectangular modified brilliant cut fancy vivid green diamond is VS2 in clarity and weighs 5.03 carats. A phenomenon like the Aurora Borealis happens once in history, or at least it has been so up until now. The diamond which bears the name of this natural phenomenon is special for several reasons; the color, the size, and the clarity as well as a surprising characteristic which is unheard of for this color – its lack of fluorescence. The stone is surrounded by modern round brilliant cut pink diamonds.
“Due to their incredible rarity, top quality fancy vivid green diamonds are extremely difficult to find,” said Vickie Sek, Christie’s deputy chairman and head of jewels for Asia. “Graded by the GIA as the largest, natural fancy vivid green diamond in the world, the Aurora Green is indeed a natural wonder combining the purest vivid green color to a considerable size.”
The announcement of the sale of the Aurora Green comes as both Christie’s and Sotheby’s set to sell two other spectacular colored diamonds this week, Sotheby’s with the Unique Pink and Christie’s with the Oppenheimer Blue.
What do you think of the green diamond? What about the pink diamond mounting? It is quite the combination, no?