Canada’s Largest Colored Diamond Ever at Auction

June 22nd, 2014 by Noam Flint

Today, Sunday June 22nd, diamond collectors and investors from around the world will be flocking to the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. Why all the fuss?

Just a jaw-dropping 30.12-carat loose fancy yellow diamond – the largest colored diamond at auction in Canadian history. In fact, the appraisal value of this radiant-cut stone is estimated to be in the multimillions.

30 carat yellow diamond30 Carat Yellow Diamond
Image via Ritchies

Ritchies Auctioneers is the house behind this impressive sale, which offers more than 300 lots. The firm has seen some major success in the past with this particular event, called the Prestige Auction, which has attracted bidders from all around the world, including China, India and Russia. Based on the international interest that has been building, Ritchies expects this auction to set some staggering records.

The Prestige Auction features a number of other notable gems, many of which happen to be yellow. A very important heart-shaped 18.06-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring with an 18k gold and platinum setting is especially stunning. It was formerly owned by a Northern California farmer, and boasts strong luster as well as color saturation. Another ring features a 3.03-carat fancy yellow diamond that has been graded SI1 clarity. The band of the ring contains a multitude of SI-clarity G-H color white diamonds. Also included are a 158.0-carat diamond and emerald necklace suite, jewelry from Jennifer Lopez’s collection and a rare Patek Phillipe timepiece.

As an Auctioneer, I am proud to be entrusted with a collection of such caliber,”

said Kashif Khan, managing director of Ritchies Auctioneers. “These types of pieces are usually reserved for markets like New York, London and Hong Kong. Rare heirlooms like these are usually found in the estates of the world wealthiest families. It is not often that they come to be sold to the highest bidder.”