The largest flawless blue diamond of World and a rare Mughal necklace were auctioned by Christie on 14 May 2014 in Geneva. The sale is expected to fetch a total of 80 million US dollar.
Dating back to 17th century, the seven Mughal engraved spinel bead necklace will be sold at Magnificent Jewels sale. The pendent necklace engraved with names of Mughal emperors Akbar and Jahangir is expected to fetch well over 2000000 US dollar for Christie.
Following are some of the precious diamonds to be sold
• Eleven Mughal spinel beads with a total weight of 877.23 carats kept at Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. Three of them engraved with names of Emperor Jahangir and one with that of Emperor Shah Jahan.
The sale will also feature many important coloured and colourless diamonds such as the 5.50 carat The Ocean Dream.
• The Rajah Diamond a 26.14 carat old-mine brilliant-cut diamond is among 14 jewels that are being auctioned under A Passion for Jewels: Collection of an European Gentleman.
• Another section of the sale Noble Jewels features a natural pearl and diamond necklace and was orginally in the personal jewellery casket of Queen Elizabeth of Prussia.
Six months earlier, Christie's Geneva sold The Orange the largest fancy vivid orange diamond in the world for 35.5 million US dollar. It is a global record for an orange diamond.
The introduction of diamonds to the Western world is attributed to celebrated French traveller and gem-merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689). During the 17th century, he travelled to India and brought back a spellbinding stock of diamonds that dazzled the French Court. These sparklers of extraordinary transparency came from Golconda and a captivated King Louis XIV called them pools of crystal water.
What: auctioned by Christie
When: 14 May 2014