Colored diamonds are some of the most coveted creatures on this lovely planet earth, so when a jewelry hound gets a chance to gawk at a gaggle of them all in one place? Well, it’s a very special day in blingville.
The museum announced that a stunning collection of 25 diamonds is now on display in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems through January. The dazzling diamond exhibit includes the famous five colored diamonds from the Olympia Diamond Collection, on loan from Scarselli Diamonds Inc.
We’re talking a 1.01-carat vivid orange-yellow diamond, a 1.02-carat vivid blue-green diamond, a 2.17-carat vivid purplish-pink diamond, a 2.13-carat vivid blue diamond and a 2.34-carat vivid orange diamond in case you were wondering.
Breathe, diamond divas. Breathe.
Other dazzlers in the exhibit include a brilliant-cut intense-pink diamond set in gold with smaller pink diamonds, designed by Carvin French with diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Australia, and a 5.4-carat round-brilliant-cut diamond pendant surrounded by 20 sapphires and set in white gold, designed in California in 1960.
George Harlow, curator of the museum’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, curated the diamond case. Bless him. Viewing the diamonds is free with admission to the museum, which is located at Central Park West and 79th Street in Manhattan.
If you’re in New York, it’s a must see. Just bring oxygen and designated driver. Things might get ugly.
Fancy colored diamonds have taken the jewelry world by storm in the last decade, and the demand for these rare beauties doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. Sotheby’s highly anticipated Magnificent Jewels Auction featured a flawless fancy vivid yellow diamond ring on their program cover, and the lot fetched the highest bid of the night.
The ring featured a 36.99-carat, oval, yellow diamond flanked by two shield-shaped gems weighing over 3 carats a piece. According to the accompanying GIA report, the center stone is internally flawless – two words you just don’t hear to describe much these days.
The lot was expected to rake in between $2 and $3 million, and the final bid fell within that range at $2,658,500. While some of the top items did not sell, Sotheby’s was happy to bring in over $20 million when all was said and done.
Natural colored diamonds are extremely rare – with yellow being one of the most sought after hues in the jewelry rainbow. Tom Cruise gave Katie a 5-carat yellow diamond engagement ring on that fateful Paris night, and Heidi Klum has a 10-carat cushion cut yellow stone rumored to have put Seal back about $150,000.
If you don’t have the budget for a natural yellow stone (and not many of us do these days), treated colored diamonds are a more affordable alternative. In fact, most colored diamonds on the market today are actually white diamonds that have been treated with intense heat to generate colors ranging from black, brown, pink, green, blue, to – of course – yellow.
So whether you’re a high rolling couture hound with a penchant for pink or a sensible susan who yearns for yellow – you don’t have to go to an auction to find colored diamonds to suit your particular ‘fancy’.