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    The 8.01 Sky Blue Diamond

    The 8.01 Sky Blue Diamond:  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR  $17.1 MILLION.

    A rare Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring by Cartier will be the centrepiece at Sotheby’s November auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on November 16.    Weighing 8.01 carats, this mesmerising stone has been named ‘The Sky Blue Diamond’, emphasising its highly sought-after hue. The estimate is US$15 – 25 million.

    David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, said: “The Sky Blue Diamond is of a wonderfully clear celestial blue, presented in an extremely elegant square emerald cut – in my view, the most flattering of all the cuts for a coloured diamond. This important gem will, I am sure, captivate all collectors of exceptional gemstones.”

    Fancy Vivid Blue is the highest possible colour grading. It is awarded to no more than 1% of blue diamonds submitted to the Gemological Institute of America. Sotheby’s has twice set a new world record auction price for a blue diamond within the past two years most recently with the only diamond or gemstone in auction history to have exceeded $4 million per carat, the Blue Moon of Josephine.  This sold for $48.5 million ($4,028,941 per carat) in November 2015.

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