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The Farnese Blue - Unknown distoric diamond emerges onto the market for the first time in 300 years

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    The Farnese Blue - Unknown distoric diamond emerges onto the market for the first time in 300 years
    15.05.2018

One of the Foremost Historic Diamonds THE FARNESE BLUE Emerges onto the Market for the first time After three centuries in the same Family Given to Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain in 1715, The 6.16 carat diamond has passed down through Four of Europe’s most important royal families Witness to 300 years of European History, The stone will be offered in Sotheby’s Geneva Jewellery sale on 15 May 2018

The stone will be offered in Sotheby’s Geneva Jewellery sale on 15 May 2018

One of the foremost historic diamonds – The Farnese Blue – will appear on the market for the first time in history this spring, after having remained in the same family for over three centuries. Given to Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain (1692-1766), worn on a diadem that formerly belonged to the last Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette (1755-1791), the legendary diamond has subsequently passed down through four of the most important royal families in Europe: Spain, France, Italy and Austria. Witness to 300 years of European history, from the aftermath of the Spanish succession War to the fall of the Habsburg Empire, the diamond has travelled across the continent for centuries. And all this time, it was kept secretly in a royal casket. Excepting close relatives, and of course the family jewellers, no one knew of its existence. The 6.16-carat pear shaped blue diamond will be offered in Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on 15 May 2018 with an estimate of CHF 3.5 - 5 million (US$ 3.7 - 5.3 million).

Blue has often been identified as the colour of the Kings and in the 17 and 18th centuries, blue diamonds were viewed as the ultimate royal gift. Like the famous Hope and Wittelsbach diamonds, the Farnese Blue was certainly found in the famed Golconda mines of India, which was the sole source of diamonds until the discoveries in Brazil in the 1720s.

David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division and Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, said: “It is difficult to put into words the excitement of holding between thumb and forefinger a gem discovered centuries ago, knowing it originated in the legendary Golconda diamond mines of India. This stone has witnessed 300 years of European history, and in colour is reminiscent of historic Golconda blue gems such as the Hope diamond.”

Dr Philipp Herzog von Württemberg, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Managing Director of Germany added: “With its incredible pedigree, the Farnese Blue ranks among the most important historic diamonds in the world. From the first minute I saw the stone, I could not resist its magic and as such it is a huge privilege to have been entrusted with this sale.”






  • 15.05.2018
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    The Farnese Blue will be exhibited at Sotheby’s Hong Kong next week and this will then be followed by an international tour.
    29 March - 2 April: Hong Kong 7-10 April: London
    13 - 17 April: New York
    27 - 28 April: Singapore
    1 - 2 May: Taipei
    12 - 14 May: Geneva



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  • The Farnese Blue A historic 6.16 carat pear-shaped fancy dark grey-blue diamond  Est. CHF 3.5 - 5 million (US$ 3.7 - 5.3 million)
    The Farnese Blue A historic 6.16 carat pear-shaped fancy dark grey-blue diamond Est. CHF 3.5 - 5 million (US$ 3.7 - 5.3 million)
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