These Earrings Just Became the Most Expensive Ever Sold
The world’s most expensive earrings were auctioned off earlier this year by Sotheby’s in Geneva, and holy cow, they are a sight to behold!
The two pear-shaped earrings — the blue Apollo diamond and the pink Artemis diamond (named for the Greek twin deities, the god of music and goddess of the hunt) — sold for a whopping $57.4 million. Wowza.
And here’s the thing: They’re not even a matched set! While they were sold separately, at a little over $42 for the blue diamond and $15 million for the pink diamond, respectively, the same buyer scooped them up.
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Last chance to see the spectacular Apollo and Artemis #Diamonds before our evening sale of Magnificent #Jewels at #mandarinorientalgeneva. The most valuable earrings ever to come to auction, the Fancy Vivid Blue and Fancy Intense Pink diamonds are exceptional in their own right but when combined enter a class of their own. #SothebysGeneva #diamonds #SothebysJewels #sothebys #mandarinorientalgeneva
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Turns out the price tag isn’t the only record the pair holds. According to Sotheby’s, where the auction took place, the blue Apollo is the “largest internally flawless fancy vivid blue diamond ever to be offered at auction.” The 14.54-carat stone is graded at 11b, a rating only one percent of the world’s diamonds can claim. The pink Artemis rings in at 16 carats and was given an 11a classification, which means it is “the most chemically pure” of its kind. Separately, they’re unreal, but together, they take things to mythical proportions!
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(h/t Harper’s BAZAAR; photos via Tristan Fewings/Getty)