Friday, March 11, 2016

A 10.10 CARAT BLUE DIAMOND WILL BE AUCTIONED BY SOTHEBY'S HONG KONG ON 5 APRIL 2016 FOR AROUND RM 140 MILLION, GIVE OR TAKE A FEW MILLION! ANY TAKERS? THIS 'DE BEERS MILLENNIUM JEWEL 4' IS GUARANTEED TO BANISH THE BLUES AND MAKE LIFE ROSY-PINK AGAIN! I GUARANTEE IT!

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AROUND RM 120 MILLION TO RM 150  MILLION FOR THIS BLUE BABE! AND IT IS A DOUBLE PERFECT 10 AS IT WEIGHS EXACTLY 10.10 CARATS!
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Sotheby ’s Presents  DE BEERS MILLENNIUM JEWEL 4 A Rare and Superb  10.10-Carat Oval Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond  (Est. HK$235 – 280 M / US$30 – 35 M)  THE LARGEST OVAL FANCY VIVID BLUE DIAMOND EVER TO APPEAR AT AUCTION  
To Lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales on 5 April 2016 

“Blue diamonds of any intensity of colour are amongst the rarest of all gems.  Highly saturated blue diamonds over ten carats combined with an Internally Flawless clarity grade are extremely rare.  

"There have been fewer and fewer new rough diamonds discovered over the last decade that produce this colour.  Most of the recent diamonds offered for sale in this category are coming from private collections—not diamond mines.” - Tom Moses, Executive Vice President and Chief Research and Laboratory Officer, GIA  

Hong Kong Public Preview: 1 – 4 April │Auction: 5 April 

Sotheby’s Hong Kong is honoured to present the ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 4’, a rare and superb Oval Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond weighing 10.10 carats – the largest oval fancy vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction (Est. HK$235 – 280 million / US$30 – 35 million*), at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale on 5 April 2016.  

Offered for sale from an Asian private collection, ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 4’ 
is the only oval-shaped stone among the twelve rare diamonds - eleven blue and one colourless – that form the world- renowned De Beers Millennium Jewels collection unveiled by De Beers in 2000 in celebration of the millennium.  

Each of the eleven blue diamonds in the collection boasts a combination of colour intensity, even saturation and brilliance that are rivalled by few other stones.    

The ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 4’ will be exhibited in New York, London (15 March) and Geneva (16 March) on an international itinerary, and in Singapore (13 – 14 March), Taipei (19 – 20 March) and Hong Kong (1 – 4 April) in Asia before going under the hammer on 5 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.   

QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman, Asia, and Chairman International Jewellery, Asia, said, “Over the years Sotheby’s has had the honour to bring to the market many important coloured diamonds, including the Blue Moon of Josephine that set the world auction record for any diamond last November.  

"The market for coloured diamonds has gone from strength to strength and this spring we are thrilled to present the ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 4’, the largest oval fancy vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction.  

"Fifteen years ago I had the great opportunity of seeing this magnificent stone for the first time and it is an absolute delight now to have it in one’s hand, to admire it again and to offer it for auction in Asia.  

"This beautiful blue stone combining Nature’s rare beauty, superlative colour, unusual shape and illustrious provenance offers yet another wonderful collecting opportunity for connoisseurs worldwide.”  

>> VIEW VIDEO ON DE BEERS MILLENNIUM JEWEL 4  
“To be able to unveil not only one diamond but a collection of such rarity that most of us will not see its like again is, I think, the only adequate way to mark the passage of 2000 years of man’s history.” - Harry Oppenheimer, Former Chairman of De Beers, on the “De Beers Millennium Jewels” -  

De Beers Millennium Jewels: A Once-in-a-Millennium Experience  To celebrate the millennium in 2000, De Beers, together with The Steinmetz Group, showcased an exceptional collection of rare and valuable diamonds, namely the ‘De Beers Millennium Jewels’, in a specially designed exhibit at London’s Millennium Dome.  

Assembled over decades, the collection consisted of the 203.04-carat colourless diamond ‘Millennium Star’ and eleven phenomenal blue diamonds (pictured right) of various shapes and sizes, totalling 118 carats, all expertly cut and polished.  

Nine out of the eleven blue diamonds have been graded by the GIA as of Fancy Vivid colour, the highest possible colour grading for coloured diamonds, and two of Fancy Intense colour.  

All of them originate from the Cullinan Mine in South Africa and each was specially inscribed with a De Beers Millennium number using a proprietary branding technique.  

Since their initial appearance at the Millennium Exhibition in 2000, only one of these diamonds have ever come into the open market, when Sotheby’s Hong Kong sold the ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 11’, a 5.16-carat Internally Flawless Pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond, in April 2010^.    

Blue Diamonds 
Extremely rare and highly coveted in history for its captivating blue sparkle, blue diamonds owe their colour to impurities of boron during the stone’s formation, and many are naturally modified with a grey secondary tone, or an uneven saturation with areas of colourless windowing.  

Blue diamonds make up much less than 0.1 percent of all diamonds recovered at the Cullinan mine, and to discover one annually of quality and size is an extremely unusual occurrence.  Very few stones have the intensity or even saturation as these Millennium blue diamonds and it is this combination of colour, saturation and brilliance that make them truly miracles of Nature.    

Sotheby’s Currently Holds Auction Records for Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green and Colourless Diamonds:  
World Auction Record & Record Price-per-carat for any Diamond or Gemstone   The Blue Moon of Josephine 12.03-carat Cushion-Shaped Fancy Internally Flawless Vivid Blue Diamond Sotheby’s Geneva, November 2015 Sold for US$48,468,158 (US$4,028,941 per carat)   
World Auction Record for any Pink Diamond  The Graff Pink 24.78-carat Emerald-cut Fancy Intense Pink Diamond Sotheby’s Geneva, November 2010 Sold for US$46,158,674 (US$1,862,739 per carat)   
World Auction Record for any Colourless Diamond  118.28-carat Oval-shaped D colour Flawless Type IIa Diamond Sotheby’s Hong Kong, October 2013 Sold for US$30,600,000 (US$258,708 per carat)  
World Auction Record for any Yellow Diamond  The Graff Vivid Yellow Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond weighing 100.09 carats, VS2 Clarity  Sotheby’s Geneva, May 2014 Sold for US$16,347,847 (US$163,331 per carat)  
World Auction Record Price-per-carat for any Green Diamond   Cushion Modified Brilliant-Cut Vivid Green Diamond weighing 2.52 Carats Sotheby’s Geneva, November 2009 Sold for US$3,078,914 (US$1,221,791 per carat)  
^Sotheby’s Hong Kong sold the ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 11’, a 5.16-carat Internally Flawless Pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond, in April 2010 for HK$49,940,000 / US$6,402,564 to Moussaieff of London (US$1,240,807 per carat). 

HONG KONG EXHIBITION AND AUCTION VENUE Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong   
II) ASIA TRAVELLING EXHIBITIONS CALENDAR  Date City Venue 13 - 14 March Singapore The Regent Singapore 19 - 20 March Taipei Hua Nan Bank International Convention Center  
III) UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS  Date  Event Venue 17 March - 26 March THEY WOULD BE KINGS Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery 22 April - 3 May Zheng Chongbin: Structures Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery  
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