A pair of odd coloured diamonds have become the world’s most expensive earrings after they were sold for a staggering £45 million. The mismatched pair
A pair of odd coloured diamonds have become the world’s most expensive earrings after they were sold for a staggering £45 million. The mismatched pair named Apollo and the other, Artemis, are diamonds cut and polished into pear shapes.
They were sold as separate lots at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva on Tuesday evening. Apollo sold for £33 million and Artemis fetched £12 million, with both earrings snapped up by the same anonymous bidder. The £45 million final figure ($57million) is a record for a pair of earrings.
Despite the staggering figure paid, the final figure was short on what was expected, £55 million.
While Apollo is a 14.54-carat fancy vivid blue diamond with a value of £40 million, Artemis on the other hand, is a 16-carat fancy intense pink diamond worth £14.5 million. The set has been described as being in a class of its own.
Named Apollo and Artemis after the brother and sister Ancient Greek gods of power and beauty, the earrings were auctioned on 16th May in Geneva as part of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels selection.
The pair are perfectly matched in size, cut and tonality but are being offered separately, on account of their extreme rarity, power and presence.