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    Default Celebrity gems - the Apollo and Artemis Diamond earrings at Sotheby's for $70M

    Most Valuable Earrings To Appear At Auction – Estimated Selling Total Of A$92 Million


    A pair of fancy coloured earrings, offered as individual lots, will lead Sotheby’s spring sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, May 16 at the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva. Together the auction house says they make up the most valuable set of earrings ever sold at auction.
    “The Apollo Blue,” a 14.54-carat fancy vivid blue diamond, will be presented with an estimate of A$51 – $68 million and “The Artemis Pink,” a 16-carat fancy intense pink diamond, has an estimate of A$17 – $24 million.
    “The Apollo and Artemis diamonds will be the stars of our May sale in Geneva—by far the most important pair of earrings ever offered at auction,” said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division.














    “These exquisite coloured diamonds are enormously rare and each is a wonderful stone in its own right. Together, as a pair of earrings, they are breathtaking.”
    They are named after Apollo and Artemis, a twin brother and sister among the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities.


    THE APOLLO BLUE
    Graded Fancy Vivid Blue by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and weighing an impressive 14.54 carats, the ‘Apollo Blue’ is the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever to be offered at auction. It has been cut and polished into a beautiful unmodified pear-shape which flatters its exquisite and truly outstanding colour. The GIA has also determined that the ‘Apollo Blue’ is a Type IIb diamond – a group which contains less than one half of one per cent of all diamonds. The stone has had an auspicious start to its world tour, having already received many accolades on its exhibition in Hong Kong.
    In recent times, the only mine to produce blue diamonds with any regularity is the Cullinan mine in South Africa. When in full production, less than 0.1 per cent of diamonds sourced showed any evidence of blue colour, according to the GIA. An infinitesimally small percentage of those is graded Fancy Vivid Blue.


    THE ARTEMIS PINK
    The ‘Artemis Pink’ stands as an exquisite and rare treasure in its own right, displaying an elegant and delicate Fancy Intense Pink hue. Weighing 16 carats, the stone has been carefully cut into a captivating pear shape, matching the Apollo Blue, which perfectly showcases the stone’s colour and clarity. The GIA has declared the ‘Artemis Pink’ to be a ‘Type IIa’ diamond, describing this category as ‘the most chemically pure type’ of diamonds, which ‘often have exceptional optical transparency’.
    The occurrence of pink diamonds remains exceedingly rare: according to the GIA, of all diamonds submitted to their specialists each year, ‘no more than 3 per cent are classified as coloured diamonds; less than 5 per cent of those coloured diamonds are predominantly pink’. Thus, a Fancy Intense Pink stone of such rich colour and impressive size can only be described as phenomenally rare.

    The coloured diamond is today’s ultimate possession; in a climate of intense connoisseurship, the ravishing coloured diamond is appreciated as the rarest of the rare, with a mystical, miraculous beauty that comes from the unique, emotive blend of the diamond’s unrivalled fiery brilliance with an exquisite palette of colours, the most appealing being cherry-blossom pink, and the rarest of all diamond colours, noble, contemplative blue. Apollo and Artemis – the divine diamond twins – are perfectly matched in size, cut and tonality.





    https://www.diamondportfolio.com.au/...e-a92-million/


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    So it's one of each color, sold as a pair? I'll pass, it would drive me crazy that they don't match...

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    ^ More for me. They are beautiful.
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    I seem to have left my $70 million in some other dimension.
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    I would love to see these up close. JLo and her early aughts ilk ruined pink diamonds for me, but this one looks really pretty and in the pictures, not so much like the bubblegum glass from Claire's. The blue is amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterslide View Post
    I would love to see these up close.

    This is as up-close as any of us commoners are going to get. The blue one is really something, but I like them as an unmatched pair, very boho for 70 mil.


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    The blue one is so beautiful, it's otherworldly. Wow. Thanks for posting that video.
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    I would so lose it. All my earring always fall off my ear. So I guess I'll pass. If they were hooped then I will totally spend the 70.mil

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    Those are to die for, I don't see any history on who has owned these ,Anyone know?

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    ^^^
    After some brief looking around, it seems that these stones were recently mined and cut? Can't find any history for them at all, I think they're new.
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    They are absolutely gorgeous (the cut is dazzling) but yeah, I can't do non-matching earrings. I guess I could for 70 mil, but I'd need a couple of valium while wearing them. Oh who am I kidding...I need those anyway.
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    *slips Sylkyn two non-matching Valium*
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    Valuable earrings always have screw backs to prevent them falling off. I doubt these would have a simple butterfly backing! I have a pair of real diamond studs, about 0.45 carats in each one that have screw backs. I always put them on for a few days at a time since it's sort of a pain to get on and off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrowFilla View Post
    Valuable earrings always have screw backs to prevent them falling off. I doubt these would have a simple butterfly backing! I have a pair of real diamond studs, about 0.45 carats in each one that have screw backs. I always put them on for a few days at a time since it's sort of a pain to get on and off.
    I never knew that. All my jewelry comes from walmart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongirl View Post
    So it's one of each color, sold as a pair? I'll pass, it would drive me crazy that they don't match...
    I am reading that they sell them individually and the blue one is 69 MIL and the pink one is 24 MIL. so sorry guys if you want to buy the pair you will need to shell out an other 20+ MiL on top of that.

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