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  • The Oppenheimer Blue diamond sold at auction for R900 million, now the most expensive gem
    Posted by on May 19th, 2016

    Yesterday someone paid nearly a billion Rand for a shiny blue stone breaking the world record for the most expensive gem ever sold at auction. The 14.62 carat Oppenheimer Blue diamond was sold at Christie in Geneva for a mindblowing 56.837 million Swiss francs. That’s around R900 million. The vivid blue diamond gets its named from previous owner Sir Philip Oppenheimer. The Oppenheimer family controlled the De Beers diamond company in South Africa and the blue diamond was likely discovered at the Cullinan mine near Gauteng, the only significant source of blue diamonds in the world.

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    Nearly a billion Rand for that.

    “The Oppenheimer Blue, a 14.62-carat Fancy Vivid blue diamond, has become the world’s most expensive gemstone ever sold at auction, beating the previous record held by the Blue Moon diamond, by selling for $51 million (£35 million) at Christie’s in Geneva.” [Telegraph]

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