Ruby and pink diamond set world records at Sotheby’s jewelry auction
Two historic stones have set new world records and made auction history by each selling for over $30 million at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction.
First, the Estrela de Fura 55.22, a Mozambique ruby sold for $34.8 million, an auction world auction record for a ruby or any colored gemstone. Soon after, The Eternal Pink, a pink diamond also sold for $34.8 million, a world auction record for a Fancy Purplish-Pink Diamond.
The ruby was discovered at FURA Gem’s ruby mine in Mozambique almost a year ago and has been the talk of the jewelry world, emerging as the largest gem-quality ruby to ever appear at auction.
“It’s difficult to express the range of emotions I felt when I first laid eyes on the ‘Estrela de Fura 55.22’, but to put it simply, I was entranced,” says Quig Bruning, head of Sotheby’s Jewelry, Americas.
The auction, which is ongoing, also features a collection of jewelry from the prestigious Mellon family. Among the items are signature pieces from Cartier and David Webb from the collection of Constance Prosser Mellon and Constance Barber Mellon — a mother and daughter who were known for their sense of style in fashion and jewelry.