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Top 10 most expensive gemstones ever sold

April 04, 17:21 UTC+3

A plum-sized 59.60-karat ‘Pink Star’ diamond went for $71.2 million at Sotheby's in Hong Kong to become the most expensive gemstone ever sold at auction

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On November 13, 2013, Sotheby’s sold the 59.60-carat "Pink Star" for $83.2 mln to New York-based diamond cutter Isaac Wolf who eventually defaulted on the deal. The Pink Star was mined by De Beers in 1999 in South Africa, and weighed 132.5 carat in the rough
On November 13, 2013, Sotheby’s sold the 59.60-carat "Pink Star" for $83.2 mln to New York-based diamond cutter Isaac Wolf who eventually defaulted on the deal. The Pink Star was mined by De Beers in 1999 in South Africa, and weighed 132.5 carat in the rough
On November 13, 2013, Sotheby’s sold the 59.60-carat "Pink Star" for $83.2 mln to New York-based diamond cutter Isaac Wolf who eventually defaulted on the deal. The Pink Star was mined by De Beers in 1999 in South Africa, and weighed 132.5 carat in the rough
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The Oppenheimer Blue, a 14.62-carat vivid blue diamond, became the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction on May 16, 2016. The gem was named after its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer, the grandson of Ernest Oppenheimer, who built De Beers global monopoly over the diamond industry. The Oppenheimer Blue mined by De Beers in South Africa fetched $58.8 mln at Christies in Geneva. The buyer's identity is unknown
The Oppenheimer Blue, a 14.62-carat vivid blue diamond, became the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction on May 16, 2016. The gem was named after its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer, the grandson of Ernest Oppenheimer, who built De Beers global monopoly over the diamond industry. The Oppenheimer Blue mined by De Beers in South Africa fetched $58.8 mln at Christies in Geneva. The buyer's identity is unknown
The Oppenheimer Blue, a 14.62-carat vivid blue diamond, became the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction on May 16, 2016. The gem was named after its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer, the grandson of Ernest Oppenheimer, who built De Beers global monopoly over the diamond industry. The Oppenheimer Blue mined by De Beers in South Africa fetched $58.8 mln at Christies in Geneva. The buyer's identity is unknown
© REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
The 12.03-carat Blue Moon diamond was sold on November 11, 2015 at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $48.63 mln to Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau who renamed the gemstone "The Blue Moon of Josephine" in honor of his seven-year old daughter. The diamond was mined by Petra Diamonds in South Africa in January 2014 and weighed 29.62 carat in the rough
The 12.03-carat Blue Moon diamond was sold on November 11, 2015 at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $48.63 mln to Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau who renamed the gemstone "The Blue Moon of Josephine" in honor of his seven-year old daughter. The diamond was mined by Petra Diamonds in South Africa in January 2014 and weighed 29.62 carat in the rough
The 12.03-carat Blue Moon diamond was sold on November 11, 2015 at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $48.63 mln to Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau who renamed the gemstone "The Blue Moon of Josephine" in honor of his seven-year old daughter. The diamond was mined by Petra Diamonds in South Africa in January 2014 and weighed 29.62 carat in the rough
© AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, was sold for $46.16 mln by Sotheby's auctioneers in Geneva, Switzerland on November 16, 2010. The early history of the diamond is not clear. It was owned by a private collector until 2010 when it was bought by diamond dealer Laurence Graff, who named it Graff Pink
The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, was sold for $46.16 mln by Sotheby's auctioneers in Geneva, Switzerland on November 16, 2010. The early history of the diamond is not clear. It was owned by a private collector until 2010 when it was bought by diamond dealer Laurence Graff, who named it Graff Pink
The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, was sold for $46.16 mln by Sotheby's auctioneers in Geneva, Switzerland on November 16, 2010. The early history of the diamond is not clear. It was owned by a private collector until 2010 when it was bought by diamond dealer Laurence Graff, who named it Graff Pink
© AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
The largest vivid orange diamond, simply called "The Orange" to ever appear at auction was sold for more than $35.5 mln at Christie’s in Geneva on November 12, 2013. The information of the 14.83-carat gemstone’s origin and buyer were not made public
The largest vivid orange diamond, simply called "The Orange" to ever appear at auction was sold for more than $35.5 mln at Christie’s in Geneva on November 12, 2013. The information of the 14.83-carat gemstone’s origin and buyer were not made public
The largest vivid orange diamond, simply called "The Orange" to ever appear at auction was sold for more than $35.5 mln at Christie’s in Geneva on November 12, 2013. The information of the 14.83-carat gemstone’s origin and buyer were not made public
© EPA/Robin Utrecht
The pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing 9.75 carats was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $32.6 mln. The gemstone was purchased by a Hong Kong resident who named it Zoe Diamond.
The pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing 9.75 carats was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $32.6 mln. The gemstone was purchased by a Hong Kong resident who named it Zoe Diamond.
The pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing 9.75 carats was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $32.6 mln. The gemstone was purchased by a Hong Kong resident who named it Zoe Diamond.
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The De Beers Millennium Jewel, a 10.1-carat oval blue diamond, was sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on April 5, 2016. The gemstone originates from South Africa’s renowned Cullinan Mine. The diamond was unveiled by De Beers in 2000 to commemorate the millennium, and displayed at London’s Millennium Dome. It was the target of an attempted robbery in November 2000, which was foiled by the Metropolitan Police
The De Beers Millennium Jewel, a 10.1-carat oval blue diamond, was sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on April 5, 2016. The gemstone originates from South Africa’s renowned Cullinan Mine. The diamond was unveiled by De Beers in 2000 to commemorate the millennium, and displayed at London’s Millennium Dome. It was the target of an attempted robbery in November 2000, which was foiled by the Metropolitan Police
The De Beers Millennium Jewel, a 10.1-carat oval blue diamond, was sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on April 5, 2016. The gemstone originates from South Africa’s renowned Cullinan Mine. The diamond was unveiled by De Beers in 2000 to commemorate the millennium, and displayed at London’s Millennium Dome. It was the target of an attempted robbery in November 2000, which was foiled by the Metropolitan Police
© AP Photo/Vincent Yu
A nameless vivid pink pear-shaped diamond was sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $31.5 mln on May 17, 2016. Media reports said the 15.38-carat gemstone was purchased by an Asian customer
A nameless vivid pink pear-shaped diamond was sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $31.5 mln on May 17, 2016. Media reports said the 15.38-carat gemstone was purchased by an Asian customer
A nameless vivid pink pear-shaped diamond was sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $31.5 mln on May 17, 2016. Media reports said the 15.38-carat gemstone was purchased by an Asian customer
© EPA/ANDY RAIN
The ninth and tenth places are shared by two diamonds sold for $30 mln each. An oval 118.28-carat diamond mined in 2011 in South Africa was sold in Hong Kong on December 7, 2013
The ninth and tenth places are shared by two diamonds sold for $30 mln each. An oval 118.28-carat diamond mined in 2011 in South Africa was sold in Hong Kong on December 7, 2013
The ninth and tenth places are shared by two diamonds sold for $30 mln each. An oval 118.28-carat diamond mined in 2011 in South Africa was sold in Hong Kong on December 7, 2013
© EPA/PETER FOLEY
On May 12, 2015, Sotheby’s in Geneva sold a Cartier ring with a vivid 25.29-carat ruby and two diamonds
On May 12, 2015, Sotheby’s in Geneva sold a Cartier ring with a vivid 25.29-carat ruby and two diamonds
On May 12, 2015, Sotheby’s in Geneva sold a Cartier ring with a vivid 25.29-carat ruby and two diamonds
© AP Photo/Alastair Grant
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On November 13, 2013, Sotheby’s sold the 59.60-carat "Pink Star" for $83.2 mln to New York-based diamond cutter Isaac Wolf who eventually defaulted on the deal. The Pink Star was mined by De Beers in 1999 in South Africa, and weighed 132.5 carat in the rough
© EPA/ANDY RAIN
The Oppenheimer Blue, a 14.62-carat vivid blue diamond, became the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction on May 16, 2016. The gem was named after its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer, the grandson of Ernest Oppenheimer, who built De Beers global monopoly over the diamond industry. The Oppenheimer Blue mined by De Beers in South Africa fetched $58.8 mln at Christies in Geneva. The buyer's identity is unknown
© REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
The 12.03-carat Blue Moon diamond was sold on November 11, 2015 at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $48.63 mln to Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau who renamed the gemstone "The Blue Moon of Josephine" in honor of his seven-year old daughter. The diamond was mined by Petra Diamonds in South Africa in January 2014 and weighed 29.62 carat in the rough
© AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, was sold for $46.16 mln by Sotheby's auctioneers in Geneva, Switzerland on November 16, 2010. The early history of the diamond is not clear. It was owned by a private collector until 2010 when it was bought by diamond dealer Laurence Graff, who named it Graff Pink
© AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
The largest vivid orange diamond, simply called "The Orange" to ever appear at auction was sold for more than $35.5 mln at Christie’s in Geneva on November 12, 2013. The information of the 14.83-carat gemstone’s origin and buyer were not made public
© EPA/Robin Utrecht
The pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing 9.75 carats was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $32.6 mln. The gemstone was purchased by a Hong Kong resident who named it Zoe Diamond.
© wikipedia.org/Diamondhistorygirl
The De Beers Millennium Jewel, a 10.1-carat oval blue diamond, was sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on April 5, 2016. The gemstone originates from South Africa’s renowned Cullinan Mine. The diamond was unveiled by De Beers in 2000 to commemorate the millennium, and displayed at London’s Millennium Dome. It was the target of an attempted robbery in November 2000, which was foiled by the Metropolitan Police
© AP Photo/Vincent Yu
A nameless vivid pink pear-shaped diamond was sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $31.5 mln on May 17, 2016. Media reports said the 15.38-carat gemstone was purchased by an Asian customer
© EPA/ANDY RAIN
The ninth and tenth places are shared by two diamonds sold for $30 mln each. An oval 118.28-carat diamond mined in 2011 in South Africa was sold in Hong Kong on December 7, 2013
© EPA/PETER FOLEY
On May 12, 2015, Sotheby’s in Geneva sold a Cartier ring with a vivid 25.29-carat ruby and two diamonds
© AP Photo/Alastair Grant

A plum-sized 59.60-karat ‘Pink Star’ diamond went for $71.2 million at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on Tuesday to become the most expensive gemstone ever sold at auction. Before 2010 the most expensive gemstone ever sold at auctions was the deep blue Wittelsbach Diamond. The 35.56-carat diamond originates from the Kollur mines in Andhra Pradesh, India, and was first mentioned in the early 18th century. The diamond was part of both the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels. On December 10, 2008, the diamond was sold to London-based jeweler Laurence Graff. Media reports said that Graff Graff sold the jewel to the former emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, for at least $80 mln. TASS presents the list of top ten most expensive jewels sold at auctions.

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