The Rare BVLGARI Blue Diamond – Two-stone Diamond Ring was going to be auctioned at the Christie’s New York auction and everyone was expecting it to sell at a high price. The ring had an estimate of over $12 million and brought in $15.7 million, making it the top jewel sold at auction in 2010. In just five minutes of bidding the ring reached this exorbitant priced and finally went to an Asian collector for $15,762,500, with premium.
Sri Lankan lapidaries incorporate traditional techniques, modern precision cutting, and highly skilled recutting. This worker has decades of experience cutting and recutting corundum and chrysoberyl. Photo by Andrew Lucas.