Piece of the Week: A Gray Diamond Delight from Hemmerle
This 10.67-carat diamond, graded a natural fancy gray by two major labs, was part of Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels” sale last week.
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It was a crowded and, well, magnificent field, making it tough to stand out, unless you are a jewel from divine German design house Hemmerle.
Headed by fourth-generation jewelers Christian Hemmerle and wife Yasmin Hemmerle, the brand is considered one of the top contemporary labels among collectors.
A 19-piece, single-owner collection of Hemmerle jewels went up for auction last year at Sotheby’s and sold for a total of $1.4 million, nearly double its pre-sale estimate.
The Hemmerle piece highlighted here features a 10.67-carat emerald-cut gray diamond of SI1 clarity from an “important Detroit collection.”
Mounted in 18-karat gold, the diamond is graded “fancy gray, natural color” by both the Gemological Institute of America and Gübelin Gem Lab.
An anonymous buyer paid $1.1 million ($103,918 per carat) for the piece at Magnificent Jewels, below the pre-sale estimate of $1.5 million-$2 million.
We personally would have paid more, if we had the money.
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