The World’s Most Expensive Sapphires

In this post we will be looking at the world’s most expensive Sapphires. The deep rich blue colour that is found in the finest Kashmir, Burmese and Ceylon Sapphires is highly desirable and coveted more than any other colour that is found in Sapphires. Only Diamonds and Rubies have achieved higher sale prices at auction and the Sapphires that make this list are some of the finest examples ever seen.

An Antique Style Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

Weight: 130.50
Sale: Christie’s, Geneva, 18th May 2011
Sale Price USD: $7.1 Million
Sale Price GBP: £4.4 Million

The first record breaking Sapphire on this list. In May 2011, the stunning 130.50 carat Burmese Sapphire set a new world record price for a blue sapphire, breaking the previous record by over $3.5 Million. The gem reports that accompanied the Sapphire, indicated that it had no evidence of any treatments and the colour could be described as ‘Royal Blue’. This size and clarity of the stone are also very impressive.

An Exceptional Oval Blue Sapphire

Weight: 114.73 Carats
Sale: Sotheby’s, Geneva, 13th November 2013
Sale Price USD: $7.1 Million
Sale Price GBP: £4.4 Million

This fine example of a ‘Royal Blue’ Sapphire exceeded all expectations when it sold for over 2.5 times the highest estimate. Unlike the other stones on this list, it was not mounted in any kind of jewellery. This Sapphire held the world record for the highest price ever paid for a single Sapphire at auction but would be toppled a year later by the Blue Belle Sapphire. To this day it remains the most expensive Burmese Sapphire ever sold.

An Exceptional Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Weight: 35.09 Carats
Sale: Christie’s, Geneva, 13th May 2015
Sale Price USD: $7.5 Million
Sale Price GBP: £4.7 Million

This fine quality Kashmir Sapphire unfortunately has not been named, which is a shame because it deserves to be remembered alongside the Jewel of Kashmir and the Star of Kashmir Sapphires. Possessing the ever desirable ‘Royal Blue’ or ‘Cornflower Blue’, this 35 carat untreated stone is one of the finest Kashmir Sapphires and while not a record breaker, it is the most expensive single Kashmir Sapphire ever sold at auction.

The Richelieu Sapphires

Weight: 26.66 and 20.88 Carats
Sale: Sotheby’s, Geneva, 13th November 2013
Sale Price USD: $8.3 Million
Sale Price GBP: £5.2 Million

When the stunning matching Kashmir sapphires known as the Richelieu Sapphires came up for auction in 2013, they met many of the predictions that they would set a new world record. The $8.3 million sale price beat the previous Sapphire record that was set earlier in the same sale by the Exceptional Oval Blue Sapphire mentioned above. The Sapphires themselves are truly amazing with them being a combination of Kashmir origin, matching cut, size and rich blue colour means they are among the best pairs of Sapphires to ever go to auction. As of the time of writing this post, they are also the most expensive coloured gemstone earrings ever to have been sold.

The Blue Belle of Asia

Weight: 392.52
Sale: Christie’s, Geneva, 11th November 2014
Sale Price USD: $17.5 Million
Sale Price GBP: £11.5 Million

The Blue Belle of Asia smashed the world record price for a Sapphire in November 2014 when it sold for over twice what the previous record holder achieved a year earlier. At 392 carats, it is one of the largest blue Sapphires in the world and believed to be the fourth largest in the world. It also boasts excellent colour and clarity which makes it one of the finest Ceylon Sapphires in the world.

It will be interesting to see the Sapphire that manages to take the record away from the Blue Belle.

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