World’s Largest Fancy Vivid Orange Diamond and the World Record! The 14.82-carat diamond which is also the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever to appear at auction has been sold at Christie’s auction of Magnificent Jewels, Geneva for a whopping $35,5 million. The last of the 286 lots that were up for sale at the auction held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, this diamond set a world record scoring $2,398,151 per carat, beating the previous record of $2.15 million for the Vivid Pink Diamond sold in Hong Kong in 2009.
A Christie’s auctioneer said: “The 14.82-carat orange diamond is one rare gem, which will perhaps only be seen once in a lifetime. It is believed to be easily the world’s largest orange diamond, approximately three times larger than two other known large orange diamonds: The 5.54-carat ‘Pumpkin Diamond’ and a 4.19-carat fancy vivid-orange diamond sold.”
Pure orange stone, which gemologist Edwin Streeter called “fire diamonds” in his 1882 book “The Great Diamonds of the World,” are exceptionally rare in nature. It has been with the same anonymous owner for at least 30 years, the auction house said, describing its clarity as VS1.
“At the back of the hall, 29 million francs. Sold!” the Christie’s auctioneer said as the fiery almond-shaped gem was snapped up in a room of about 200 people in Geneva.