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Apr 7, 2016

Legendary Blue Oppenheimer Diamond Goes to Christie’s Geneva Auction

By   Nicole Snitman, GIA, D.G.   |   Tags: , , , ,   |   Category: The Guildhall Color Diamond Advisor, Trending

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When one of the world’s rarest and most exceptional color diamonds goes to auction it is very exciting and special for us to report on.  At Guildhall we are passionate about natural fancy color diamonds, but we have a penchant for the highest quality and most extraordinary diamonds in the world, especially for diamonds that come with a rich history.

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On May 18th, Christie’s Geneva will lead its Magnificent Jewels auction with “The Oppenheimer Blue”,  the largest Vivid Blue diamond ever to appear at auction.

“The exceptional diamond is classified as a Vivid Blue, emphasized by its classical emerald cut.  The Oppenheimer Blue can only be described as one of the rarest gems in the world”, says Francois Curiel, Chairman of Christie’s Asia Pacific.

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With a pre-estimate of $38 to $45 million, the 14.62 carat diamond should surpass the world record achieved by the Blue Moon  (a 12. 03 carat vivid blue diamond) which fetched $48.5 million at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2015.

The Oppenheimer Blue” was named in honour of a very special connoisseur — its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer,’ the Chairman of the Diamond Trading Company from 1975 until his death in 1995.

According to Curiel,  “The Oppenheimer’s have been leaders in the diamond industry for generations and Sir Philip could have had any diamond he wanted. But he chose this one, with its perfect hue, impeccable proportions and fabulous rectangular shape.”

To learn more about this extraordinary diamond, visit Christie’s website.