Heart-shaped diamond sells for record US$15m at auction by Christie’s in Switzerland

The largest of its kind, and the centrepiece of a necklace of cultured pearls, stone sets a world record price for heart-shaped diamonds at sale in Geneva

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 May, 2017, 10:46am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 May, 2017, 10:46am

The largest flawless heart-shaped diamond has sold for almost US$15 million in Geneva, breaking a world record in its category but missing its pre-sale estimate, auction house Christie’s said.

The 92-carat diamond forms the centrepiece of a necklace of cultured pearls.

The sale price of around US$14.99 million is a world record for heart-shaped diamonds, Christie’s spokeswoman Alexandra Kindermann said.

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The piece was designed by Boehmer et Bassenge, who have taken over the name of one of the greatest French jewellers of the 18th century. It is now run by an Antwerp-based diamond merchant.

The previous record for a heart-shaped diamond was set in 2011 when a 56.15-carat rock sold for US$10.9 million.