Christie’s Magnificent Jewels & The Cullinan Dream

May 2016

Christie’s announce for sale in New York Magnificent Jewels and The Cullinan Dream on Thursday, June 9. The sale is comprised of 260 lots, with estimates ranging from $4,000 to $23,000,000, including exceptional fancy colored and colorless diamonds, colored gemstones, natural pearls, and more. Further illuminating the sale are signed pieces from private collections and estates, including Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and more.

The sale is led by the Cullinan Dream, the largest Fancy Intense Blue Diamond offered at auction. The Cullinan Dream is the largest of four blue diamond’s cut from the extraordinary 122.52 carat rough discovered in 2014 at the legendary Cullinan mine. The mine is famous for yielding the 530.20 Cullinan I, which is the largest polished white diamond in existence and is part of the British Crown Jewels housed in the Tower of London. In recent years, the Cullinan mine has been associated with some of the most significant blue and pink diamonds to come to market. The Cullinan Dream is set with classic baguette-cut diamonds that frame this incredibly beautiful, rare, and historic diamond.

Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewelry: “Selling the world record Oppenheimer Blue diamond for $57.5 million during our Geneva May 18 Magnificent Jewels sale was a great honor and we look forward to continuing this success with the Cullinan Dream, the largest Fancy Intense blue diamond to come to auction. The success of the Oppenheimer Blue speaks to the international demand and market value of these exemplary colored diamonds and with the Cullinan Dream, Christie’s is proud to present another opportunity for collectors to acquire a rare gem being offered for the first time at auction.”