What is the rarest color diamond?
The rarest diamonds and most expensive colors are pink, blue, green, orange, purple
And the most expensive of all are the red diamonds.
Fancy color diamonds refer to diamonds that exhibit intense and vivid hues beyond the traditional colorless or near-colorless range. Within the fancy color diamond category, certain colors are considered exceptionally rare and highly valued. Here are some examples:
RARE FANCY COLOR DIAMONDS.
14.82 CARAT VIVID ORANGE.
Christie’s Geneva sold the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever offered at auction, weighing 14.82 carats, for a record $35,540,612, or $2.4 million per carat. The sale set a world record price per carat for any diamond sold at auction, as well as a world record price for an orange diamond. In total, Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction raised a record $125,360,131, selling 89 percent by lot and 96 percent by value. Among the other jewels sold, 'The Andean Rockefeller’, formerly part of the collection of Simón Itturi Patiño, sold well above their pre-sale estimates totaling $14.7 million. And the jewelry collection of Parisian style icon Hélène Rochas was completely sold, generating a total of $2.3 million. François Curiel, International Head of Christie's Jewellery Department, said: “Time and again, a stone will appear on the market that is truly a miracle of nature. The 14.82-carat orange diamond is one such a stone, a rare gem, which will perhaps only be seen once in a lifetime. He added that "it soared far above all previous records for any orange diamond ever sold at auction, placing The Orange amongst the greatest pinks and blues, which are traditionally the most appreciated colored diamonds.”
10.95 CARAT VIVID BLUE.
The Bvlgari Blue- the largest triangular shaped fancy vivid blue diamond ever offered at auction fetches $15.7 million new record price of $1.4 million per carat for a blue diamond set at christie's New York on october 2010 The Bvlgari Blue is the designed by the legendary house of BVLGARI in the 1970s, the ring features a triangular shaped colorless diamond of 9.87 carats paired with a stunning triangular shaped Fancy Vivid blue diamond of 10.95 carats. Fancy Vivid blue diamonds are among the rarest and most sought after of colored diamonds, as only one in about 10 million possess a color pure enough to qualify as “Fancy Vivid”. Due to their rarity and increasingly limited supply, demand has rapidly driven prices to great heights, with particular strength seen for those stones weighing more than 10 carats. Large, natural blue diamonds, in particular those possessing the coveted Vivid Blue tone and saturation, have become highly prized on the international market.
29.6 CARAT VIVID BLUE.
A rare blue diamond has been discovered in a mine in South Africa.
The 29.6-carat stone was recovered by Petra Diamonds at its Cullinan mine, about 40km (25 miles) north-east of Pretoria."This stone is one of the most exceptional stones recovered at Cullinan during Petra's operation of the mine," the company said.Petra unearthed a 25.5 carat blue diamond which sold for $16.9m (£10.3m) in 2013.'Class of its own'The latest discovery is also expected to sell for a high price.The Cullinan mine is famed for the production of blue diamonds"The stone is an outstanding vivid blue with extraordinary saturation, tone and clarity, and has the potential to yield a polished stone of great value and importance," Petra said ina statement on Tuesday.Cullinan mine has produced hundreds of large stones and is famed for its production of blue diamonds - among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds.The mine was acquired in 2008 by Petra Diamonds, which also operates in Botswana and Tanzania.A similar 26.6-carat blue rough diamond discovered by the company in May 2009 was cut into a near perfect stone and fetched just under $10m at a Sotheby's auction.Another deep-blue diamond from Cullinan was auctioned for $10.8m in 2012 and set a world record for the value per carat.The largest ever rough gem diamond was discovered at the Cullinan mine in 1905 and was presented to the British monarch Edward VII.The 3,106-carat stone was then cut, with two of the principal diamonds forming part of the British crown jewels - the 530-carat First Star of Africa and the Second Star of Africa at 317 carats.
24.78 CARAT-THE GRAFF PINK DIAMOND.
Graff Pink Weight 24.78 carats (4.956 g) Color Fancy Intense Pink - Emerald cut Current owner Laurence Graff Estimated value US$46 millionThe Graff Pink, a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, once owned by American celebrity jeweller Harry Winston, has been described as "one of the greatest diamonds ever discovered". The diamond, mounted in a ring, was sold by Sotheby's auctioneers in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 November 2010. Before its sale, the stone was expected to enter the list of the top ten most expensive diamonds in the world, on selling for US $46 million (£29 million) it became the most expensive single jewel ever sold at auction at that time.
The pre-sale estimate for the diamond was US $27 million to US $38 million (£17 million to £24 million). The diamond was shown around the world prior to the auction in Geneva. It sold for US $46 million (£29 million), making it the most expensive single jewel ever sold at auction. It was bought by diamond dealer Laurence Graff, of Graff Diamonds, who named it Graff Pink.
110.03 ct Sun-Drop Diamond.
Date of Auction: November 2011 the famous Sun-Drop Diamond became the most expensive yellow diamond to sell at an auction. The diamond fetched $12.36 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva. The final sale price was well within pre-auction estimates of between $11 million and $15 million. At 110.03 carats, this is the largest pear-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond. Not surprisingly, it was the top lot at the Geneva jewelry auction. At a time when Europe, America and other parts of the world are struggling against an economic crisis, the Sun-Drop Diamond proves that uncertainty in other markets does not necessarily spill over into the diamond trade. The buyer chose to remain anonymous.