Have you heard of the Blue Moon diamond? If not, get used to it, because this diamond is about to become one of the most famous gems in the world. It’s heading to auction this fall at Sotheby’s, and is estimated to go for somewhere near $55 million! And while that may seem like a ridiculously high price, just take a look at it.
The Blue Moon diamond was discovered last year at the Cullinan mine in South Africa. Blue diamonds are extremely rare in general, but finding one as large and flawless as the Blue Moon is a one-in-a-lifetime occurrence. The original stone weighed 29.93 carats, and was crafted down to a marvelous 12.03 carat gem. It took a master cutter three months to craft and cut the diamond to its finished state. The GIA (Gemological Institute Of America) rated the gem internally flawless, and “fancy vivid blue,” the highest possible color grading for blue diamonds, according to a report by CNBC.
Get a closer look at this stunning diamond in the following clip from Sotheby’s.