By Erika Winters
The 100.09-carat “Graff Vivid Yellow” diamond is expected to fetch between $15 and $25 million at Sotheby’s Geneva. Image: Sotheby’s
The 100.09-carat “Graff Vivid Yellow” diamond will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva on May 13, 2014. The rare gem is one of the largest fancy vivid yellow diamonds in the world and is expected to fetch between $15 and $25 million.
Along with Graff’s “Vivid Yellow,” two additional rare diamonds are being offered by the auction house including the 31.34-carat “Victory” diamond and a 103.46-carat round diamond set in a ring by Graff.
Named after the Allied victory in WWII, the 31.34-carat “Victory” diamond is estimated to sell for $5-$8 million. The step-cut diamond was cut from a 770-carat rough diamond found in 1945 in the African Woyie River. At that time it was considered the largest alluvial rough diamond ever discovered. “Victory” is a GIA-graded D color, Type IIa diamond. Known for their chemical purity and exceptional transparency, Type IIa diamonds represent less than 2% of all diamonds mined worldwide. Image: Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s is also auctioning a 103.46-carat round diamond set in a ring by Graff. The diamond appears on the “World’s Largest Cut Diamonds” list in Famous Diamonds published in 2008. The Graff diamond ring is expected to fetch between $3.5 and $5 million. Image: Sotheby’s