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The Jewelry Insider

December 11, 2009


I’ve got one doozy of a ‘lower jaw drop’ alert, jewelry lovers. Christie’s reports that the storied ‘Evening Star’ diamond recently sold for a whopping $5.4 million, the latest in a line of remarkable diamonds to dazzle at auction.

According to a press release, the 39-carat, D color diamond from India’s famed Golconda mines was snatched up by an anonymous buyer, paying $138,000 per carat for the diamond dubbed the “Evening Star” because its previous owner liked to wear it out at night.

How charming for them.

The icy rock was part of Christie’s “Magnificent Jewels from a Distinguished Private Collector” sale, held Thursday in New York.

The sale of the “Evening Star” comes on the heels of the record-setting $10.8 million sale of “The Vivid Pink” diamond Dec. 1 in Hong Kong and the $7.7 million sale of the 32.01-carat D-flawless Annenberg Diamond in October.

“The diamond market continues to show remarkable strength despite the volatility of the financial world,” Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry at Christie’s New York, said in the release.

Indeed.

My question is: who wears these things in the light of day? Don’t you have to have a body guard brigade following your every move? Or is it something these folks will just keep in a showcase for or a vault somewhere for their own personal enjoyment (which would be a crying shame)?

What would you guys do with a rock that size? Weigh in!