Apollo & Artemis: The Most Expensive Earrings Ever To Appear At Auction

BY Sophie Stevens / Apr 26 2017 / 14:54 PM

After their exhibition in Dubai, Sotheby’s will offer the exceptional diamonds for sale in Geneva on 16 May

Apollo & Artemis: The Most Expensive Earrings Ever To Appear At Auction
Courtesy Sotheby's
The Apollo & Artemis Diamonds

Named after the twin gods in Greek mythology, the coloured diamonds are set in a pair of earrings but will be sold separately at the upcoming auction due to the value and rarity of each gem.

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.

Apollo and Artemis Diamonds

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 Artemis and Apollo Diamonds as worn"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.