Nov 25, 2014
The Blue Mellon Diamond Owners
We do not typically get very much history regarding the owners of the magnificent diamonds sold at prestigious auction houses. But isn’t it fascinating to know these details? For instance, what type of people have collected color diamonds? How long have they been in a family for? Why did they end up at auction?
Nicole Snitman, our Queen of Color Diamonds has all the details for you in her blog post “About The Blue Mellon Diamond Owners”.
The diamond belonged to The Mellon family. When widow Rachel Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon also known as “Bunny” Mellon passed away in March of this year at the age of 103, the blue diamond along with many other personal items were sold by her estate over a five day period totaling $218 million.
Married to one of America’s richest men Paul Mellon, philanthropist, horse breeder and heir to the Mellon Bank, the Mellon’s were substantial art collectors. Together they collected over 1,000 works of art including several works by artist Mark Rothko and donated many European paintings to the National Gallery of Art and established the Yale Center for British Art. The couple is well known for their 1993 Sea Hero win at the Kentucky Derby.
Rachel Mellon was an American philanthropist, horticulturalist, art collector and gardener. She also inherited a fortune in her own right as heir to the Listerine mouthwash fortune, which her grandfather invented. She was very private, only giving a few interviews in her 103 years of life but was well renowned in particular for her exceptional gardening talents.
Amongst many high profile gardens around the world, Mellon created a landscape design for the home of the late Hubert de Givenchy and assisted with a restoration of the potager du Roi in Versailles. Mellon was also invited to redesign the White House Rose Garden during the Kennedy reign.
The President was so happy with the garden that after the Cuban Missile Crisis concluded, he wrote a personal letter to inform her that the garden… READ MORE HERE