”The Jane Seymour” – A Blue Diamond to Remember
July 20th, 2016 by Noam Flint
Blue diamonds have been making headlines for the past few months because of incredible selling prices at auction. As recently as May of this year, the 14.62 carat Oppenheimer Blue, the largest fancy vivid blue diamond in the world, was sold for a record $58 million. It became the most expensive gem ever sold, edging out the Blue Moon of Josephine diamond, a 12.03 carat diamond which sold for $48 million in November 2015.
World Class Blue Diamond by World of Diamonds
World of Diamonds, a Russian conglomerate and one of the largest privately held diamond mining companies in the world, has just unveiled an incredible blue diamond of their own which they hope will join the ranks of these enticing blue diamonds in its own way. Their 2.08 fancy vivid blue cushion shaped diamond is set in a platinum setting and plated in rose gold, and is named ”The Jane Seymour” Diamond after the famous Bond girl.
Jane Seymour Diamond
Not only is the diamond so special because of its beauty, it celebrates the illustrious career and philanthropic efforts of Jane Seymour, an accomplished actress, producer, painter, businesswoman, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (although it is unclear whether the funds from the ring will go toward philanthropy or to WOD). However, the real excitement of the ring is what WOD has planned for the ultimate buyer and their plus one, a Bond-like experience for two.
Priceless Blue Diamond Ring with a $2 Million Price Tag
According to World of Diamonds Group director Karan Tilani, the company had never intended to sell the ring at all. At some point along the way, they seemingly decided to not only sell the ring but create a magical experience around it as well. Since the ring was made in celebration of Seymour’s debut in ‘The Vortex’ a play meant to fundraise for Syrian refugees that was produced by the British Theatre Playhouse of Singapore, and was worn by her at a private dinner in Singapore earlier this year, WOD is only willing to sell the ring, if a true fancy color diamond connoisseur comes forward.
Along with the ring, the buyer and a guest will be treated to an evening straight from a James Bond film. The night begins with a 45 minute helicopter ride over Singapore, followed by a ride in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce to a private cruise. They will then be driven to Ce La Vie, an iconic Singaporean venue on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands Hotel for an 18 course modern Asian dinner. They are to be surrounded by 10,000 freshly cut roses and eat from diamond encrusted chopsticks while enjoying some of the best wines and champagnes in the world. The evening is meant to finish with the ring and a bottle of cognac accompanied by a fireworks display. All in all, the program is quite elaborate and exciting, and no doubt brings much positive attention to the 2.08 carat blue diamond, at whose $1 million per carat evaluation brings its total value to $2 million. For $2 million, this is a very thrilling evening indeed.
What do you think? Is the pomp and circumstance needed to sell a blue diamond like ‘The Jane Seymour’ in today’s market conditions, or can a blue diamond sell itself purely based on color?