The Surprising Color of the World's Most Expensive Diamond

Allyson Payer

Periodically, rare gemstones are auctioned off for exorbitant amounts of money at luxury auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s. As reported by Fortune, the latest such auction occurred yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, and the big sale set the world record for most expensive piece of jewelry ever sold—for a whopping $57.6 million. But it’s not the crystal-clear diamond that you’d expect—colored stones, especially blue diamonds, are actually rarer than clear. The 14.62-carat diamond in question is so extraordinary that it even has a name: Oppenheimer Blue. At the time of the auction, the emerald-cut stone was set in a ring and flanked by clear diamonds. The previous record-setter, Blue Moon Diamond, was also a blue diamond, sold at Sotheby’s last November for $48.6 million.

We did a little detective work and discovered that luxury jeweler De Beers took to Instagram this morning to claim the brilliant stone as one of its own. Impressive, to say the least!

Keep scrolling to see the world’s most expensive diamond up close! (Cue the jaw drop.)

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