The Most Expensive Gemstones In The World

BLUE MOON DIAMONDIn the world of precious gemstones there is nothing quite like watching the fine Gemstones auctions of Sothebys and Christies. Over the years they have sold some incredibly rare and beautiful gemstones to the rich and famous. This article is going to be a living document that we will update over time. It will track the biggest sales, the world records and the excitement of what goes on in these auctions.

There are two main figures that people get excited about with gemstones. That is the total sale price and the price per carat. Some gemstone like Red Diamonds are incredibly rare and relatively small but they demand a huge price per carat. Other gemstones like Sapphire can be huge and sell for massive prices.

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Auction Results Update - 19th May 2016

Ladies an gentlemen - introducing the new world record breaker. The Oppenheimer Blue Diamond. This magnificent Jewel sold at the Chrisites auction held in Geneva Switzerland for an incredible $57.5 Million. The previous record, held by the Blue Moon Diamond was $48.5 million. The Blue moon Diamond does however still retain it’s record of being the highest per carat price of any gemstone ever sold. oppenheimer blue diamond

Auction Results Update - 17th May 2016

It was a mixed result for the Soethbys Auction with the Unique Pink Diamond selling for a record price. However the other star of the auction, the “Emperor Ruby” was left without a new home after it didn’t achieve a high enough bid to reach the reserve.

The Unique Pink is a stunning 15.38cts fancy vivid Pink Diamond who sold for $31.6 million to a private collector in Asia.

unique pink diamond

Gemstones are undoubtedly the most concentrated form of wealth. Think about the current world record for price per carat. It is held by the Blue Moon Diamond coming in at $4 million per carat. For every gram of blue Diamond there is $20 million in wealth. It is portable and small enough to be hidden. Gemstones really are an incredible vessel for wealth.

most expensive gemstones in the world

Price Per Carat Comparison

The most expensive gemstones in the world and the ones that are most often traded are Diamonds, Sapphire and Rubies. Until recently the magic $1 million per carat mark was only achieved by colored Diamonds. With the sale of the Sunrise Ruby the beautiful red gemstone has joined the exclusive club.

most expensive gemstones ever sold per carat

Blue Diamonds

  • Blue Moon Diamond - 12.03cts - $4,028,940.81 per ct
  • Oppenheimer Blue Diamond - 14.62cts - $3,932,968.54
  • Mellon’s fancy vivid blue - 9.75cts - $3,343,589.74 per ct
  • DeBeers Millennium Jewel 4 - 10.10cts - $3,148,514 per ct
  • Winston Blue - 13.22cts - $1,799,952.50 per ct
  • Ocean Dream - 5.5cts - $1,599,752.18 per ct

Red Diamonds

  • Moussaieff - 2.09cts - $2,438,216.27 per ct

Orange Diamonds

  • The Orange - 14.82cts - $2,398,151.89 per ct

Pink Diamonds

  • Unique Pink - 15.38cts -$2,054,616.85
  • Graff Pink - 24.68cts - $1,863,857.37 per ct
  • Pink Star - 59.6cts - $1,395,973.15 per ct

Ruby

  • Sunrse Ruby - 25.59cts - $1,188,745.60 per ct
  • Graff Ruby - 8.62cts - $994,199.54 per ct
  • Burmese Ruby - 6.04cts - $546,357.62 per ct
  • Burmese Ruby - 32.08cts - $208,852.87 per ct

Sapphire

  • Jewel of Kashmir - 27.68cts - $243,702.60 pre ct
  • Unamed - 35.09cts - $210,844.17 per ct
  • Blue Belle of Asia - 392.52cts - $44,063.48 per ct

Padparchasa Sapphire

  • Unnamed - 14.65cts - $52,965.94 per ct

Spinel

  • Hope Spinel - 50.13cts - $29,217.26 per ct

Total Price Comparison

When these gemstones sell they are the most concentrated forms of wealth on the planet. The Pink Star Diamond is worth a whopping $83 million however it must be remembered that this Diamond was never paid for. It remains in our records as a reminder of what someone was willing to pay for a gemstone.

most expensive gemstones ever sold total sale price

Pink Diamonds

  • Pink Star - 59.6cts - $83,200,000.00
  • Graff Pink - 24.68cts - $46,000,000.00
  • Unique Pink - 15.38cts - $31,600,000

Blue Diamonds

  • Oppenheimer Blue Diamond - 14.62cts - $57,500,000
  • Blue Moon Diamond - 12.03cts - $48,468,158.00
  • Mellon Fancy Vivid Blue - 9.75cts - $32,600,000.00
  • DeBeers Millennium, Jewel 4 - 10.10 cts - $31,800,000
  • Winston Blue - 13.22cts - $23,795,372.00
  • Ocean Dream - 5.5cts - $8,798,637.00

Orange Diamonds

  • The Orange - 14.82cts - $35,540,611.00

Ruby

  • Sunrise Ruby - 25.59cts - $30,420,000.00
  • Graff Ruby - 8.62cts - $8,570,000.00
  • Burmese Ruby - 32.08cts - $6,700,000.00
  • Burmese Ruby - 6.04cts - $3,300,000.00

Sapphire

  • Blue Belle of Asia - 392.52cts - $17,295,796.00
  • Unamed - 35.09cts - $7,398,522.00
  • Jewel of Kashmir - 27.68cts - $6,745,688.00

Red Diamonds

  • Moussaieff - 2.09cts - $5,095,872.00

Spinel

  • Hope Spinel - 50.13cts - $1,464,661.00

Padparchasa Sapphire

  • Unnamed - 14.65cts - $775,951.00

The Best of The Best

These gemstones are not your typical stone that you would find in your local Jewelry store. To give you an idea the red Diamond is so rare that only a handful exist. Blue Diamonds are also rare but they do come in larger sizes which means buyers get both rarity and size.

The Rubies such as the Sunrise Ruby are becoming more and more valuable. With the rise of China as a superpower the demand for red colored gemstones has sharply increased. Lets take a closer look at some of the stars.

Blue Moon Diamond

blue moon diamond

Oppenheimer Blue Diamond

oppenheimer blue diamond

DeBeers Millenium Jewel 4

The Unique Pink

unique pink diamond

Pink Star Diamond

pink star diamond

Sunrise Ruby

sunrise ruby

The Orange Diamond

orange diamond

The Moussaieff Red Diamond

red diamond

Jewel Of Kashmir

jewel of kashmir

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