2015 saw a few record-breaking sales in the world of high-end jewellery with auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s sharing details on the most striking stones that were purchased at auctions. Sapphires, striking red rubies, and pink diamonds were the gemstones that made headlines the previous year and there were some truly unique finds that exhibited exceptional qualities and were promptly picked up by connoisseurs and collectors. In total, sales of precious jewels came to $214 million and there were quite a few that broke records in terms of size, clarity and brilliance.
The Blue Moon of Josephine
Undoubtedly, the most famous blue diamond of 2015, the 13.02-carat stone was sold to a Hong Kong billionaire for $48,468,158 by Sotheby’s. He reportedly bought it for his 7-yearold daughter and named it after her. This price is by far the largest anyone has ever paid for a diamond of any colour and size.
Ruby and Diamond Ring
Cartier’s 25.59-carat ring wields a flawless and extremely rare ruby stone as well as 2.47 and 2.70 diamonds, which explains its $30,335,698 price tag. It made headlines for being the first coloured gemstone to sell for more than $1 million per carat at auction and it went to an undisclosed buyer.
The Sweet Josephine
Another spectacular buy for Hong Kong billionaire’s daughter Josephine as the name reveals. The 16.08-carat pink diamond ring was sold for $28,523,925 at Christie’s.
A 100.20-carat ring with more than perfect proportions and clarity was sold at Sotheby’s auction for the record sum of $22,090,000 to an undisclosed buyer.
The Crimson Flame
The 15.04-carat ring is unique with its deep vivid colour, explained as pigeon blood red and considered very rare to be found naturally. It was sold for $18,372,913 at Christie’s.
The Historic Pink
The 8.72-carat ring has a rich history behind it as it is believed to have been part of Princess Mathilde de Bonaparte’s collection. Kept in a bank vault since the 1940s, it was sold for $15,903,422 at Sotheby’s.