A Colossal Golconda Diamond Headlines Christie’s Geneva This November

  • Archduke Joseph Diamond
  • Archduke Joseph Diamond

One of the world’s rarest diamonds will set the stage at Christie’s Geneva auction on November 13. The whopping 76.02–carat stone (about the size of a walnut) originated in south central India’s infamous Golconda mines, the source of the world’s most coveted diamonds; it features the soft, watery appearance that distinguishes the region’s gemstones, and it is internally flawless.

This will be the second time that Christie’s will be auctioning the remarkable stone. Named the Archduke Joseph Diamond after its original owner, Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Palatine of Hungary (1872–1962), the stone had been passed down through family before being sold to an anonymous buyer who left it in a safe during World War II. The diamond mysteriously reappeared in 1961 at an auction in London and eventually made its way into the hands of Christie’s specialists, who presented it at the house’s 1993 Geneva sale, where it sold for $6.5 million. This time around, the stone is expected to surpass the $15 million mark. (+41.22.319.1766, www.christies.com)

From Around the Web...
Jewelry authority Jay Hartington spotlights the season’s five must-have looks…
These seven rocks have jaw-dropping sizes and record-breaking prices at auction…
These new tomes highlight the world’s best contemporary jewelry designers...
Get ahead of the curve and see what jewelry designers are bringing to this year’s Biennale…
The French-Mexican Jewelry designer unveils her vibrant new shop on Melrose Place in West Hollywood…
French-born architect Thierry Despont turned the two-story flagship into a four-story piece of art…
These fine-jewelry websites have chic designs for every style, and gifts for every occasion…
Our favorite sapphire designs for celebrating September birthdays…
The famed architect approved the eight-piece jewelry collection before her untimely passing…
The famed Beverly Hills jeweler shares his thoughts on collecting and design…