Saturday, June 22, 2013

$ 11.15m briolette is now “The Star of China”

The new owner of what Christie’s auction house called the largest and most perfect briolette diamond ever sold at auction has identified herself and picked a name for the 75.36-carat gem. Tiffany Chen, vice chairman of China Star Entertainment Ltd., has revealed herself to be the owner of the briolette diamond. She named the diamond after her company, “The Star of China.”

The 75.36-carat briolette - a gem cut into a three-dimensional waterdrop shape - is suspended on a chain of diamonds. Chen purchased the diamond May 28 at Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale for more than $11.15 million, $148,000 per carat, a world record for a briolette diamond sold at auction.The briolette has been graded by the Gemological Institute of America to be of D color and type IIa.

The diamond is part of a pendant necklace that includes a marquise-cut purplish pink diamond suspended above the briolette.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonydemarco/2013/06/18/world-record-75-carat-briolette-diamond-named-star-of-china/