Blue Diamond to Sell for Sky-High $5.8M

5.16-carat flawless 'fancy vivid' hits Hong Kong auction
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2010 3:44 AM CDT
Blue Diamond to Sell for Sky-High $5.8M
A Sotheby's employee displays a 5.16 carat pear-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond ring on sale today in Hong Kong.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An extremely rare, flawless blue diamond ring is going on auction today in Hong Kong and is expected to fetch a shimmering $5.8 million. The 5.16-carat gem is one of 12 diamonds originally from the DeBeers Millennium collection, displayed in London to celebrate the new century. The pear-shaped diamond is the first of the collection to be auctioned and is known as "fancy vivid," the highest grade for a color diamond.
(Read more De Beers stories.)

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