At Least $15 million Expected for Archduke DiamondIf you missed the excitement of the $6.5 million Archduke Joseph Diamond sale at Christie’s back in 1993 (equivalent to a $10.5 million sale today), don’t worry – this 76.02 carat, internally flawless, perfect color Golkonda diamond is returning to Christie’s for auction on November 13, when it is expected to sell for more than $15 million. The Archduke is from the same mine as the famous Hope, Koh-i-noor, and Regent diamonds. In fact, by the 1880s it was common to claim that a diamond was from the Golkonda mine to suggest it was particularly valuable. Pretenders…. just like the marketing-spin masters of today who use the word genuine when promoting gemstones with treatments and enhancements! A claim to the Golkonda mine belongs to very few diamonds. I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch the Archduke (see image above). You might think that meeting Bill Clinton was the main attraction of that night, and oh, he was fun! But knowing that this significant historical treasure was nestled against my skin was what made that night magical, memorable…. and historical for me. If you’d like to read more about the Archduke, check out these articles:
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