This past Wednesday, May 18th, marked a historic day in the world of jewelry. A blue diamond known as the “Oppenheimer Blue” sold for a record breaking $57.5 million at Christie’s Auction House in Geneva, Switzerland. The Oppenheimer Blue Diamond is a rare jewel, weighing in at 14.62ct. It holds a clarity grade of VVs1, which means that the stone is only one notch below being internally flawless!
The Oppenheimer Blue
The previous stone to hold this record is known as “Blue Moon of Josephine”, which weighs 12.03ct, and sold in November of 2015 for $48.4 million.
The Oppenheimer Blue was estimated to sell for anywhere between $35 million to $45 million at the auction. However, after a roller coaster bidding battle, the stone greatly surpassed all expectations.
The previous owner of this precious stone was Phillip Oppenheimer, De Beers Diamond Marketing’s late chairmen.