Large, Notable and Unique Diamonds Seen on Ebay
Alot of people say there is nothing but junk on Ebay, but I disagree. Some of the largest and most unusual diamonds I've seen for sale on the internet were on Ebay.
The second largest diamond I have ever seen on Ebay. This fancy yellow diamond had a relatively vague description as follows: "The Monea 124-carat fancy yellow rough diamond has been fashioned into seven beautiful gem quality diamonds, the largest being this 52-carat intense fancy canary yellow radiant cut fit for your lovely wife, head of state, investor, collector or Queen of Lesotho. Name this diamond after your sweetheart the way Richard Burton did for his lovely wife Liz Taylor. The origin of this rough diamond was South Africa. It has been fashioned into this intense fancy yellow diamond by master diamond cutter Walter V. in Antwerp, Belgium... this gem took 9 months to cut ....we will fly the winner of this bid to Antwerp, Belgium to meet the master diamond cutters and to recieve his or her gem. A fantastic weekend trip on us. So lets get the bidding started at $1.2 million. 'Diamond dealers and millionaires welcome.' 100% satisfaction. All money returned within 7 days if not satisfied." Unfortunately, the seller does not list the clarity of the stone, or a GIA certificate. The stone is radiant cut with a cushion-shaped outline. They did indeed want $1.2 million for the opening bid.
This 4.12-carat pear shaped stone Diamonds By Lauren had up at auction,
starting at $17,000. K-color, SI1 clarity and no fluorescence. Diamonds
by Lauren and Stargate Gems are two of my favorite diamond dealers on
Ebay -- they always have something interesting to look at.
Diamonds By Lauren has had this stone up for auction for about a year
I believe. They want $50,000 for the opening bid. It remains the one of the finest
pink diamonds I have seen on Ebay, with pink color you can actually SEE,
and has a weight of 1.51 carats. The clarity is SI-2.
A fancy yellow cushion shaped diamond weighing 2 carats. The seller says
"VVS quality", so I am not sure how close that is. Cushion shaped diamonds
are unsual in this modern age. They aren't seen in jewelry very often. Wholesale Diamonds & Gems wants $8,200 for the opening bid.
A good size Old Mine Cut! Weighing 2.60 carats, VS1 clarity and J/K color. The setting is platinum,
and unique because the stone is bezel-set and not prong-set. It reminds me of the Regent Diamond.
The second largest diamond ever up for sale on Ebay. I have seen it up for auction
a number of times over the past year or two. The seller wants an opening bid
of $1 million. Here is the stone's website.
A 9.78-carat, D-color, VS-2 clarity pear shape. No fluorescence. The stone seems almost triangular, like a spear or arrowhead.
A natural Fancy Orangey-Pink diamond, offered by Diamonds By Lauren on Ebay.
The stone weighs 1.49 carats. "I don't notice any orange- but the GIA color
origin report indicates as Fancy Orangey-Pink. The GIA certificate is for color,
measurements, and shape. The clarity is not listed on this type of certificate.
In this case, the oval diamond is SI2." The diamonds surrounding the pink
oval are F-G in color (basically colorless), VS in clarity, and premium cut.
Diamonds by Lauren wants $40,000 for the opening bid. Unusual colors like this
will always boost a stone's price significantly, even if the stone isn't very large.
This 16.29-carat round diamond appeared on Ebay in April of 2002.
Its clarity was IF (Internally Flawless) and its color was G (near
colorless). The stone measured 16.36 × 16.57 × 9.95 mm, and had a
fluorescence grade of Medium Blue. The polish and symmetry were both
graded as Very Good. The seller wanted $380,000 for the opening bid,
and said the stone was appraised at $510,000.
A pair of natural Fancy Intense Brownish-Orange diamonds offered
on Ebay in May, 2002, by seller rottierick. The stones were
graded as having VS-2 clarity, a weight of 0.63 carats, and a cut grade
of Good. The seller wanted $1899 for the opening bid, but had the
Buy It Now option for $2599.
A very unusual Fancy Purplish-Red diamond weighing 0.34 carats. This stone appeared on Ebay in May of 2002. Bidding started at $1000. When I saw the auction, it had 11 bids and was up to $4150. Here is what the seller had to say about it: "Most people have never seen a Natural Red Diamond, most diamond dealers have never seen a red diamond. In fact their occurrence in nature is so rare that a leading specialist in the field of Colored Diamonds from the Geological Laboratory of America recently told me that GIA has issued certificates for red Diamonds less than 24 times, and of the 24 known to exist, over half of those certed weigh less than ½ of a carat in weight. This diamond is a gorgeous color, with a GIA certificate stating that the diamond is a Fancy Purplish Red, 0.34 carats, Oval Shape, color of origin Natural. If you are looking for the truly unique, and rarest of the rare in diamonds, this is it, it is quality not quantity. If you want a Red Diamond the worlds truly rarest gem specimen, This is an authentic collectors item, rarest of rare, very exotic hard to find piece. Natural Color, Natural Diamond." One of the most famous red diamonds is the Hancock Red Diamond, a stone that sold at auction in the late-1980's for $880,000 — and weighed only 0.95 carats. That comes to about $926,000 per-carat.
In June of 2002, this 10.97-carat Asscher cut diamond appeared on Ebay. The seller wanted $100,000 for the opening bid. The stone's clarity was VS-2 and the color grade was "N", slightly yellow. :) Here is what they had to say about it: The ring’s value was stated to be $500,000 on NBC’s The Today Show prior to the Oscars. This exaggerated price was for shock value, and there are certainly some stores that might try to sell the ring at that inflated price. At Mednikow, this ring would sell for a fair price of $125,000.
Celebrity Quotient: Stockard Channing, in character as the First Lady on the hit show The West Wing wore this exact ring to her character’s birthday party in a recent episode. This same ring also traveled to the 2002 Oscars, adorning the finger of Sharon Stone. More recently, Jane Fonda has worn this ring to recent GCAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention) events.
With the current resurgence in popularity of things antique, the Royal Asscher has been seen quite often in the recent past on the fingers and ears of celebrities and fashion-forward people. Sarah Jessica Parker received a Royal Asscher diamond as an engagement ring on the hit TV show Sex in the City, the Asscher cut is also the engagement ring choice of Kate Hudson, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Reese Witherspoon.
This 2.21-carat diamond appeared on Ebay on June 30th, 2003. The seller, ucdealshere, wanted $58,000 for the opening bid. The stone is actually Light Pink, not quite Fancy Light Pink, even though it appears more saturated.
The GIA certificate for the stone.
The certificate says the crown angles of the stone are greater than 40 degrees, which is noticable in this photo -- the stone really stands up. The ring itself is is 10.7 grams of platinum and is bedecked with 160 diamonds with a total carat weight of 1.59 carats, the seller stating that the mounting alone is worth $5000. Pink diamonds are rare. I find myself wondering if some of the ones I've seen on Ebay, like this one, are from the Argyle Mine in Australia?
This Fancy Intense Pink diamond appeared on Ebay on July 18th, 2003, offered by Ucdealshere. The stone weighs 0.89 carats and Good grades for both Polish and Symmetry, VS1 clarity, Medium Blue fluorescence and even color distribution. The side oval brilliants total 0.74 carats and are VS1, E-color. This is a beautiful ring, in my opinion. The center stone seems deeper in saturation than just Fancy Intense, more like Fancy Vivid or Fancy Vivid Purplish-Pink. The seller wanted $72,000 for the opening bid.