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11.28 carat ‘Infinite Blue’ Diamond could sell for $37 Million

On October 5 Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present the 11.28 carat “Infinite Blue” diamond, with a low pre-sale estimate of $26 million, and high estimate of $37 million. The final carat weight, ending in “8,” was deliberately planned, as it’s considered highly auspicious in Asian culture.

When rotated, the number 8 represents the infinity sign, which inspired the name “Infinite Blue.”

Fancy Vivid Blue

The diamond is classified as Type IIb: In addition to scarcity of nitrogen – which is emblematic of Type IIa diamonds – it contains boron which is responsible for the transmission of its blue color. That color was judged to be fancy vivid, the most valuable category.

As described in the monograph:

The Infinite Blue is a stunning 11.28-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond, faceted and polished with the inclusion of the number 8 in mind. Well-regarded as an embodiment of prosperity and auspiciousness in Asia, the form of the numerical digit is reminiscent to the universal symbol for infinity. Designed as a ring embellished with brilliant-cut and trapeze-shaped diamonds, the Infinite Blue has a captivating hue that alludes to the vastness of the ocean.

Credit: Sotheby’s

With shades of vivid blues reminiscent of the clearest skies, the Infinite Blue possesses an unmatched versatility. The diamond evokes a sense of tranquility, spirituality, and introspection. In a world where beauty is celebrated and treasured, gemstones such as the Infinite Blue stand as a testament to the extraordinary creations that nature bestows upon us. Their presence on the world stage, whether showcased at prestigious auctions or displayed in renowned museums, ignites fascination and admiration.

Credit: Sotheby’s

As we marvel at the magnificence of blue diamonds, we are reminded of the awe-inspiring forces of nature that shape these extraordinary gemstones. They serve as a reminder of the Earth’s remarkable beauty and the wonders that lie beneath its surface. Their rarity, their enchanting hues, and their ability to evoke deep emotions make them truly exceptional. Blue diamonds are not merely gemstones; they are captivating works of art, cherished heirlooms, and embodiments of timeless beauty—a true marvel that continues to inspire and captivate all who have the privilege of beholding their shimmering splendor.

Credit: Sotheby’s

Few blue diamonds are found in mines around the world representing the force and mystery of nature. From its creation millions of years ago to its fashioning by a master diamond cutter, the Infinite Blue has experienced an enchanted journey. To say the Infinite Blue is special cannot be overstated. The odds of finding a blue diamond is of the topmost rarity. This glorious and notable diamond is an example of what can occur when nature leads the way and humankind embraces the earth’s treasures—producing a gem of spirited light performance. In the world of gems, blue diamonds steal the show.

Credit: Sotheby’s

See the Infinite Blue on Sotheby’s.com

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