A rare 5.16-carat blue diamond sold at auction for $6.4 million in Hong Kong this April.
London’s famed Moussaieff Jewellers paid more than the $5.9 million expected price tag for the pear-shaped stone, the first blue diamond from the celebrated De Beers Millennium Jewels Collection to appear at auction.
The De Beers Millennium Collection, displayed in London’s Millennium Dome in 2000, comprised 12 rare gems and took decades to assemble.
“It’s a bargain and I got it at this price because everyone was asleep,” Moussaieff said in an interview.
Her London-based boutique will change the gem’s mounting and offer the stone “to discerning clients, possibly in Asia,” she said.