400 Year Old Diamond
400 Year Old Diamond, The 400-year-old Beau Sancy, one of the world’s oldest and most storied diamonds in private hands, is up for sale at Sotheby’s auction house. Weighing in at 34.98 carats, the sparkling gem with a rare pear cut is expected to fetch up to $4 million.
For now, the jewel is on display in Paris and will move on to London and Zurich before it gets auctioned off in Geneva on May 14.
“It has a fascinating history, and really is a once-in-a-lifetime sale,” said David Bennett, Sotheby’s jewelry chairman. “When it was made in the 16th century, the pear cut was new, bold, and so it became the most sought-after jewel of its era. Before the Beau Sancy all diamonds were rudimentary.”