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5.03-Carat Pink Diamond Tops Bonhams

Bonhams has summarized its top selling jewelry for 2018, reporting that a 5.03-carat square-cut fancy pink diamond of VS1 clarity was its top seller of the year. According to Bonhams, quoted by Gem Konnect, the stone was sold in London on September 26 for $2,935,263. The $583,551 per carat achieved from the sale set a new per carat auction world record for a fancy pink diamond.

Other top performing lots includes a step-cut 24.31-carat D-IF Type IIa diamond set in a ring, sold for $1,947,110; a Colombian emerald pendant/necklace by Hennell weighing 12.13 carats, sold for $1,381,820; and a 1930 Colombian art deco emerald and diamond necklace/bracelet, sold for $1,092,894.

Bonhams Global Director of Jewellery Jean Ghika said that the market “has remained strong for exceptional pieces of jewellery from famed eras and world class makers” and that the auction house also achieved excellent prices for emeralds this year. She added that good-sized Fancy coloured diamonds with intense colour saturations “performed extremely well”, as did white diamonds, especially those over 10 carats.

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