Il faut etre tres riche pour l avoir. Blue diamond reportedly owned by Marie Antoinette to fetch $6 million at auction
A rare blue diamond, which was once believed to have been owned by Marie Antoinette, is about to be sold on the public market for the first time.
The pear-shaped dark grey-blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, and is expected to be sold for at least $6 million.
The Farnese Blue diamond was unearthed in India and given as a wedding gift to Queen Elisabeth Farnese of Spain following her marriage to King Philip V in 1714.
(The pear-shaped blue diamond is expected to fetch at least $6 million. Image: Sotheby's)
Over the last 300 years, the 6.16 carat jewel has been handed down through more than seven generations of royal bloodline lineage – and it is even believed to have passed through the hands of Queen Marie Antoinette of France.
Secrecy followed the gem wherever it went, as royal family members and their jewellers were the only ones to ever catch a glimpse of it.
However now that it has been put on the public market for auction, the Farnese Blue will embark on a worldwide tour before it’s snapped up.
Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels will showcase the diamond in Hong Kong, as well as London, New York, Singapore and Taipei before it heads to Geneva to be sold.
David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby's international jewellery division, believes the diamond may sell for more than its estimate of $6 million.
"Royal and noble collectors have traditionally had access to the finest gemstones available, and so the gems which adorn these pieces often display the very highest quality, size and rarity," Bennett said in an email published on CNN.
Dr Philipp Herzog von Württemberg, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Managing Director of Germany said it was a huge privilege to be entrusted with the sale.
“With its incredible pedigree, the Farnese Blue ranks among the most important historic diamonds in the world,” said Herzog.
The auction of the precious gemstone is expected to be held on May 15.https://finance.nine.com.au/