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Top 10 of the Most Expensive Gemstones

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at 12:28 pm by Amy

Gemstones have played an integral part in human history. Treasured by kings and queens throughout the ages and believed to hold mystical powers, these precious stones can command sky-high prices.

But what is a gemstone?

They are precious or semi precious stones that have been cut and polished and are often used in jewelry. With a wide range of gemstones in existence, these colorful stones vary in value. Gemstone prices are dictated by their size, quality, rarity, and demand in the market. Below, we have listed the top 10 of the most expensive cut and polished gems known to mankind.

 

THE TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE GEMSTONES IN THE WORLD:

Pink Diamond: Pink Star- $71.2 million
Blue Diamond: Oppenheimer – $57.5 million
Orange Diamond: The Orange – $35.5 million
Ruby: Sunrise Ruby- $30.42 million
Sapphire: Blue Belle of Asia – $17.3 million
Yellow Diamond: Graff Vivid Yellow – $16.3 million
Red Diamond: Moussaieff – $7 million
Emerald: Rockefeller Emerald- $5.5 million
Spinel: The Hope Spinel- $1.4 million
Opal: Virgin Rainbow Opal- valued at $1 million

 

Pink Diamond: Pink Star- $71.2 million
This 59.60ct oval Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless diamond sold in 2017 for $71.2million in Hong Kong. Mined in South Africa in 1999, this stone is the largest Vivid Pink diamond on record. 

 

Blue Diamond: Oppenheimer – $57.5 million

At 14.62ct, the emerald cut Oppenheimer Blue is the largest Vivid Blue to ever be sold at auction. 

 

Orange Diamond: The Orange – $35.5 million

Believed to be the world’s largest and most expensive orange diamond at 14.82ct, this pear shaped Fancy Vivid Orange diamond sold for over $30 million in 2013. Pure orange diamonds are exceptionally rare, as most orange diamonds also display a secondary color

 

Ruby: Sunrise Ruby- $30.42 million

Weighing 25.59cts, the Sunrise Ruby also known as the Burmese Ruby, set a new world record in 2015 when it sold for $30.42 million. The world’s most expensive ruby, this Burmese pigeon blood ruby is set in a Cartier mounting. 

 

Sapphire: Blue Belle of Asia – $17.3 million

A 392.52ct cushion cut sapphire, the Blue Belle of Asia sold for an incredible $17.3 million in Geneva 2014. The most expensive sapphire in the world, the gem was discovered in Sri Lanka in 1926.

 

Yellow Diamond: Graff Vivid Yellow – $16.3 million

A cushion Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond weighing 100ct, the Graff Vivid Yellow sold for over $16 million in 2014. Breaking the world record for the most expensive yellow diamond sold at auction, this stone was originally cut from a 190ct rough diamond in New York.

 

Red Diamond: Moussaieff – approximately $8 million

A 5.11ct Fancy Red diamond, the Moussaieff red is the largest red diamond graded by the GIA. Red diamonds are notoriously rare, with some gemologists claiming that there are only 20 or so “true” red diamonds ever discovered.

 

Emerald: Rockefeller emerald- $5.5 million

Sold for $5.5 million, this 18.04ct emerald is currently the most expensive emerald per carat. John D. Rockefeller initially purchased the emerald in the 1930s for his wife.

 

Spinel: The Hope Spinel- $1.4 million

At 50.13ct, the Hope Spinel is a rare colored gem that set a world record in 2015 when it sold for $1.47 million. A part of the Hope Collection (featuring the famous Hope diamond, a 45.5cct blue diamond), the Hope Spinel is believed to hail from Tajikistan. 

 

Opal: Virgin Rainbow Opal- valued at $1 million

Discovered in Australia in 2003, this incredibly rare and expensive opal glows in the dark. It exhibits a rainbow of different colors making it truly unique. The Virgin Rainbow is an opalized fossil, meaning that the opal took shape in a fossil.

 



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