The Artemis is a Fancy Intense Pink diamond weighing 16.00 carats and is expected to achieve a price in the region of US $12.5-18 million when it goes under the auction hammer. With an even higher price tag is the flawless 14.54-carat Apollo diamond, which has been awarded the coveted colour grading of Fancy Vivid Blue and is estimated at $38-50 million.
The Apollo & Artemis Diamonds will be sold at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels Auction in Geneva on 16 May 2017
Both stones have been cut as pear-shapes to reflect the diamond tears shed by their namesake Greek gods. In addition to their nearly perfectly matched sizes, the significant estimates of the Apollo and Artemis are due to their almost unique occurrence in nature. Barely 3 percent of diamonds are classified as coloured by the world’s gemological laboratories, with less than 5 percent of these awarded pink colour grades. The Apollo comes from an even rarer gemstone class, with blues comprising less than 0.1 percent of all the world’s diamonds.
"The Apollo Blue" is a 14.54-carat Fancy Vivid Blue, Internally Flawless Type IIb diamond; "The Artemis Pink" weighs 16.00 carats and is a Fancy Intense Pink, Type IIa diamond with VS2 clarity
The captivating gems have been showcased during an extensive international viewing tour. Earlier this month they were exhibited at the recently opened Sotheby’s Dubai office in DIFC, as well as stops in London, New York and Hong Kong. David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, says, “The Apollo and Artemis Diamonds will be the stars of our May sale in Geneva – by far the most important pair of earrings ever offered at auction.”
With less than a month to go until the sale, all eyes are on the final prices that these exceptional diamonds will reach.