As the year comes to an end, the world of natural diamonds will look back at 2022 as record-breaking in more than one way. The global demand for natural diamonds has never been higher, and this demand has pushed some of the world’s most famous diamonds to auction. Aside from the mind-blowing total value of natural diamonds auctioned this year, we have seen record-breaking prices and sizes. Looking back on the best of the best diamonds sold at auction this year, it’s impossible not to be amazed. Making this list are ultra coveted natural colour diamonds, the largest flawless diamond ever, the most valuable diamond per carat ever sold, and even a diamond that came from space!
A 555.55-carat black diamond believed to originate from space, auctioned at Sotheby’s for $4.3 Million.
The Light of Africa
A 103.49-carat emerald cut diamond, auctioned at Christie’s for just over $20 million.
A 228-carat pear shape diamond, auctioned at Christie’s for $22 Million.
The Juno Diamond
A 101.41-carat pear shape diamond, auctioned at Sotheby’s for $12.9 million.
Pink Old Mine Cut Diamond
A 4.08-carat fancy intense pink old mine cut diamond auctioned at Sotheby’s for $3.8 million.
A 1.21-carat fancy orangy red diamond auctioned at Heritage Auctions (a record-high sale for this auction house, 12 times the estimate) for $1.755 million.
The Williamson Pink Star
An 11.15-carat fancy intense pink diamond, the second most valuable gem ever sold at auction, from Sotheby’s for $57.7 million.
Purple-Pink Diamond Ring
A Fancy intense purple-pink diamond, a 7.17-carat radiant cut diamond in halo ring mounting auctioned at Sotheby’s for $5.9 million.
The Circe Diamond Ring
A fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 3.27-carats auctioned at Sotheby’s for $5.3 million.
The Fortune Pink Diamond
An 18.18-carat fancy vivid pink diamond ring, auctioned at Christie’s for $29 million.
A Graff Diamond Ring
A 41.36-carat square emerald cut diamond, auctioned at Christie’s for $3.7 million.
A Diamond Riviere Necklace with a total of 104.84-carats of round diamonds auctioned at Christie’s for $5.9 million.
Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring
A 60.79-carat cushion cut diamond auctioned at Christie’s for $2.6 million.
The Red Cross Diamond
A 205.07-carat fancy intense yellow cushion cut diamond, auctioned at Christie’s for $15 million.
The D Flawless Round Diamond
A 26.12-carat loose round diamond graded D Flawless auctioned at Phillips for $2.5 million.
The Golden Canary Diamond
A 303.10-carat fancy deep brownish yellow diamond, the World’s largest flawless diamond, auctioned at Sotheby’s for $12.4 million.
The D Internally Flawless Emerald Cut Diamond
A 25.03-carat diamond graded D Internally Flawless, emerald cut, set in a diamond ring, auctioned at Sotheby’s for $2.35 million.
Fancy Grey Diamond Ring
A Hemmerle-designed Fancy Grey diamond ring weighing 10.67-carats, auctioned at Sotheby’s for $1.11 million.
Fancy Blue and Pink Diamond Necklace
A 31.62-carat fancy blue pear shape diamond mounted in a necklace with a pink diamond halo auctioned at Christie’s for $11.8 million.
Christie’s Diamond Necklace
A diamond necklace with an 86.64-carat pear shape diamond drop and 87.73 carats of other diamonds, auctioned at Christie’s for $5.7 million.