Best of the Best 2012: Jewelry: Colored Diamonds: Leviev

To say that this 11-carat fancy intense-blue diamond is one of a kind is almost an understatement. Less than 0.3 percent of all diamonds are blue, and because of this gem’s extraordinary size and nearly flawless rating, it is an even more incredible find. When Leviev acquired the rough stone (through unnamed sources), the jewelry house brought together its team of diamond experts and master cutters in New York to determine the best cutting and polishing strategy to maximize the gem’s color, size, brilliance, and near flawlessness. The blazing blue result, which is accented by pink and white diamonds in this ring (price upon request), is just one example of Leviev’s masterful sourcing of museum-quality stones and exceptional finesse in transforming them into even more desirable commodities. (212.763.5300, www.leviev.com)

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