Two world records have been set by a fancy vivid green 5.03 carat diamond on Tuesday at Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale, selling for $US16.8 million (AUD$23 million).
The rectangular cut diamond, dubbed “Aurora Green”, was purchased by Hong Kong’s Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, one of the largest jewellery retailers in the world.
The sale set a world auction record as well as a world record price per carat for a green diamond, Christies said.
Aurora Green was one of four lots at the auction that set world records; others included US$7.2 million (AU$9.9million) for a Kashmir sapphire bracelet, US$11.6 million (AU$16million) for a pair of ruby ear pendants, and US$967,000 (AU$1.3million) for a jadeite pendant necklace.
A total of US$85 million (AU$117 million) was achieved during the week of sales.