Top 5 Most Expensive Diamonds in the World

By on March 20, 2013
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Large diamonds, with a big carat weight, and also a perfect cut, flawless clarity and brilliant colour, are extremely hard to come by. So when they go to auction, the top auction houses in the world are desperate to sell them, and the world’s most famous collectors, willing to pay high prices. Here is a run down of the 5 most valuable diamonds sold at auction.

5. The Chloe White Diamond

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This diamond was purchased for $16.2m at Sotherby’s in Geneva in 1997 by the founder of Guess, Georges Marciano. He named the stone after his daughter. It’s an impressive 84.37 carat, has the highest grading possible for a diamond and is brilliant cut – the most difficult cut to achieve from a rough diamond.

4. Star of the Season White Diamond

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This incredible 100.1 carat weight diamond was sold for a then-record $16.5m by Sotherby’s in 1995. The internally flawless diamond was bought by Sheik Fitaihi of Saudi Arabia, who has amassed a large and expensive collection of diamonds and jewelry.

3. The Whittelsbach Graff Diamond

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This internally flawless diamond was purchased by Laurence Graff for $24.3m and controversially recut to form a 31.06 carat weight diamond. It’s a fancy deep blue diamond and originates from India.

2. Diamond Bikini by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz

Diamond Bikini by Susan Rosen And Steinmetz for $30 million

The bikini designed by Susan Rosena and Steinmetz, and famously modelled by Molly Sims on the cover of Sports Illustrated, holds the record as the world’s most expensive item of clothing. The bikini, valued at $30m, features 150 carats of some of the world’s rarest diamonds.

1. The Graff Pink Fancy Diamond

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This rare pink diamond obliterated the record set for a jewel at auction when it was sold for a staggering $46m at Sotherby’s in Geneva in 2011. The stone – an incredible 24.78 carat weight – was snapped up by Laurence Graff. The London jeweller immediately renamed it the Graff Pink. It’s classified as a “fancy intense pink” which is the best rating for a pink diamond. The stone is mounted as a silver diamond ring with two flanking diamonds.

About Jonathan Butler

Jonathan is the owner of Libertons, an antique jewelry marketplace, and regularly blogs about a variety of jewelry and antique subjects.

2 Comments

  1. Judy Jackson

    March 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Oh my God!!! Those diamonds are lovely!!!!! How i wish i can have any of those. =)

  2. Maria

    May 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

    They’ll really lovely! Although if I ever had the money to one of them I wouldn’t know what to do with it….I would probably be really afraid of losing it…..

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