The price paid by Harry Winston for this flawless fancy-vivid blue 13.22-carat diamond was $24 million. As is normal in these cases, the purchaser has the chance to rename the stone, which will become the ‘Winston Blue.’
Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, said, “Harry Winston always had an eye for the exceptional. It is what led him to acquire some of the most famous and greatest jewels that have ever been discovered, and what earned him his place as the King of Diamonds. When he founded the company in 1932, he started with the motto ‘Rare Jewels of the World.’ With the acquisition of the Winston Blue diamond, as well as the flawless 101-carat Winston Legacy diamond last year, we can say with confidence that this is no longer just the history of the House, it is also our future.”
The 101.73-carat Winston Legacy (in the photo at left), described by Christie’s as “the perfect diamond,” sold for over $26.7 million in May 2013.
Last year saw many exceptional auction-room events. A 118-carat flawless white oval diamond – the size of a small egg – sold for $30.6 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong on 7 October 2013, setting a new world record for diamond sale price at auction.
The largest orange diamond in the world – 14.82 carats, Fancy Vivid Orange – reached over $35 million at Christie's in Geneva on 12 November.
The Pink Star, which was the star of the November 13 Sotheby's auction in Geneva, is a 59.60 carat oval cut pink diamond, the largest flawless Fancy Vivid Pink ever to reach the salerooms. The estimate price of over $60 million was confirmed by a final price of over $83 million, now the world auction record for a diamond or jewel.
Below, the Pink Star, 59.60-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond
Below, The Orange, a 14.82-carat Fancy Vivid Orange diamond