The largest ever fancy vivid green diamond – the “Aurora Green” – a rare 5.03-carat stone is set to come up at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Hong Kong on May 31.
The stone has VS2 clarity and no fluorescence, which is extremely rare for such a diamond – and is radiant-cut.
Christie’s has not officially released any information about the sale, but an insider has estimated that the diamond has been valued at $16 million to $20 million or $3.18 million to $3.98 million per carat.
Green is a very desirable color in Asia and it is possible that like previous auctions of colored diamonds, the highest bidder will come from there.
Green diamonds very come up for auction very rarely, and since 2003 only one Fancy Vivid green has been sold. It was a 2.54-carat Fancy Vivid Green VS1 diamond at a Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in November 2009. It sold for a record price of $1.222 million per carat, or $3.08 million total price.