The Legacy and Lure of the Bleu Royal Diamond
The Bleu Royal Diamond Ring // Christie's
The Star of Christie’s Auction
Continuing with my articles about blue diamonds, I am excited to let you know that on November 7, 2023, the spotlight at Christie’s Geneva will be firmly fixed on the Bleu Royal, a gem that stands unparalleled in its grandeur. Dubbed the "largest internally flawless fancy vivid blue diamond to appear at auction," this 17.61-carat stone is poised to redefine luxury and exclusivity.
A History Steeped in Mystery
This pear-shaped marvel isn't just remarkable for its size and color but also for its enigmatic past. Held in a private collection for half a century, the diamond's previous owners and its journey remain an intricate tapestry of whispers and wonders. In 2023, this gem will not only be breaking its 50-year seclusion but is also expected to shatter records with an estimated value between $35 million to $50 million.
The Setting and the Statement
The Bleu Royal, with its meticulously crafted pear shape, will be presented to bidders as part of a meticulously designed ring. Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s international head of jewelry, referred to this gem as a "true miracle of nature." Christie’s esteemed reputation is only enhanced by offering such rare gems. Over its 257-year history, the auction house has only ever presented three fancy vivid blue diamonds over 10 carats, each achieving staggering prices.
Previous Blue Giants at Christie's
To understand the significance of the Bleu Royal, it's essential to look at its predecessors:
- The 10.95 ct. Bulgari Blue, which was auctioned for $15.7 million in 2010.
- The 13.22 ct. Winston Blue fetched $23.8 million in 2014.
- The record-breaking 14.62 ct. Oppenheimer Blue commanded a whopping $57.5 million in 2016.
The diamond is the third most expensive jewel ever to be sold at auction, topped only by the $71.2 million sale of the pink diamond dubbed the “ CTF Pink Star.”
A Global Spectacle
As the world anticipates this monumental sale, it's evident that the Bleu Royal Diamond isn't just an offering of luxury but a testament to nature's ability to create unparalleled beauty. As it takes center stage at the Geneva “Magnificent Jewels” jewelry auction, connoisseurs and collectors worldwide will be vying for a piece of history, a diamond truly "fit for royalty."