Aurora Green diamond to fetch up to $20M

A 5.03-carat diamond dubbed the Aurora Green is expected to fetch up to $20 million (HKD 155 million) at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong this month as part of Christie’s Magnificent Jewel Sale on May 31.

A report by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) describes the cut as “cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant” and the clarity as VS2.

“Due to their incredible rarity, top quality fancy vivid green diamonds are extremely difficult to find,” said Vickie Sek, Christie’s deputy chairman and head of jewels for Asia. Vivid is the most saturated color intensity for green diamonds.

The diamond got its name from the natural phenomenon “aurora borealis” or “aurora australis,”

The diamond got its name from the natural phenomenon “aurora borealis” or “aurora australis,”

“Graded by the GIA as the largest, natural fancy vivid green diamond in the world, the Aurora Green is indeed a natural wonder combining the purest vivid green color to a considerable size.”

The auction will feature more 280 jewelry lots with a combined pre-sale estimate of about $100 million.

Source: Christie’s
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Sotheby's recent auction brought in $52M which included $4.3 million for the highest-profile lot, a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond necklace worn by the late Queen Nazli of Egypt.

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