Bleu Royal: The Extraordinary Gem Shaping Auction History

Bleu Royal is set to steal the spotlight at the highly anticipated Magnificent Jewels auction on the 7th of November, hosted by Christie’s Geneva.

Weighing an impressive 17.61 carats, Bleu Royal stands as an unprecedented marvel, being the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue gem ever to grace the auction stage. In this exclusive event, Bleu Royal, with its perfect symmetry, rich vivid blue hue, and impeccable purity, is expected to fetch an estimated price ranging from US$35 to $50 million. This remarkable diamond has been hidden within the confines of a private collection for the past five decades, making its auction debut in a splendid ring setting.

The Rarity of Bleu Royal

Bleu Royal’s remarkable qualities extend beyond its size and weight. Cut and polished into a perfectly symmetrical pear shape, it boasts a mesmerizing, rich vivid blue colour that has captivated collectors and enthusiasts alike. The diamond’s rarity is further emphasized by its Internally Flawless classification, indicating that it is devoid of any internal imperfections, enhancing its allure and value.

For the first time in history, Bleu Royal emerged from the shadows of its private collection to take centre stage at the Christie’s auction. The diamond’s significance in the world of gems and jewellery cannot be overstated. Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery, expresses his awe, stating, “This is a true miracle of nature. Over our 257-year-long history, Christie’s has had the privilege of offering the world’s rarest gems at auction, and Bleu Royal continues this tradition. We are proud to offer collectors the opportunity to own a diamond fit for Royalty.” Indeed, Bleu Royal is poised to become a prized possession of someone who recognizes its exceptional beauty and historical significance.

The Surge in Coloured Diamond Demand

The resounding demand for coloured diamonds has surged in recent years, driven by discerning collectors seeking the extraordinary. With a limited supply of top-quality coloured diamonds, their prices have witnessed exponential growth. In the rarified realm of Fancy Vivid Blue diamonds weighing over 10 carats, opportunities are truly scarce. Christie’s remarkable history of more than 250 years has seen only three such stones ever offered for sale:

  • The Bulgari Blue: A 10.95-carat masterpiece, it commanded a staggering $15,762,500 at a New York auction on the 20th of October, 2010.
  • The Winston Blue: Weighing 13.22 carats, this dazzling gem achieved a remarkable sale price of $23,795,372 in Geneva on the 14th of May, 2014.
  • The Oppenheimer Blue: A 14.62-carat wonder that left the world spellbound, selling for an astonishing $57,541,779 in Geneva on the 18th of May, 2016.

These illustrious predecessors underscore the exceptional appeal and investment potential of Bleu Royal, making it a remarkable addition to the world of auctioned gems.

The Magnificent Jewels auction featuring Bleu Royal will take place on the 7th of November, 2023, at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. Prior to the auction, interested parties can catch a glimpse of this extraordinary gem during previews in various cities:

  • Hong Kong: From the 4th to the 7th of October
  • Beijing: On the 10th and 11th of October
  • Shanghai: From the 13th to the 14th of October
  • Taipei: On the 21st and 22nd of October
  • New York: From the 26th to the 27th of October
  • Geneva: From the 2nd to the 7th of November

This is a rare opportunity to witness and potentially acquire a diamond that has captured the hearts of collectors worldwide. Bleu Royal promises to make history, and those with a keen eye for the extraordinary should mark their calendars and prepare for an unforgettable auction event.

Image: Christie’s

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