This has been a busy week already, so I’m excited to relax, sit back, and look at something mind-blowingly gorgeous. Lucky for me, I saved a whopper for today.
I’d like you to meet Apollo and Artemis. They’re widely being called the most important pair of earrings ever to go to auction, and they’re likely to be the most expensive as well (current estimates reach $68 million for the pair).
Despite the fact that they pair perfectly, the two earrings are being offered as separate lots at Sotheby’s Geneva on May 16th. They’re listed as the Apollo Blue and the Artemis Pink.
(I need to pause for a moment to roll my eyes at the blue diamond being a boy and the pink diamond being a girl. I love a good mythological reference as much as the next nerd, but must we be so heteronormative?)
That said: who cares?? They’re SO freaking pretty. There’s probably no name anyone could give them that would make me love them less.
Here’s Vivenne Becker for Sotheby’s on why the Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink are so very remarkable:
The Apollo Blue is a Fancy Vivid Blue, 14.54 carats, Internally Flawless, Type IIB, and ‘The Artemis Pink’, a Fancy Intense Pink, 16.00 carats, VVS2 clarity, Type IIA; both are amongst the purest, chemically, of all diamonds, with an alluring limpidity, while the Apollo belongs to the most elite group comprising less than one-half of one percent of all diamonds, pure, with the presence of boron, the element that gives the diamond its blue colour. Diamonds of this quality, with this extraordinary depth and sophistication of colour, and of this size are unfathomably rare.
The sheer randomness of their very existence, the confluence of cosmic conditions that generated their miraculous formation process, billions of years ago, deep in the earth, is wondrous. Twinned, as they are, both cut into lyrical pear-shapes, and named, appropriately for the most revered and powerful of Olympian deities, enhances and intensifies their rarity, mesmerising beauty, dignity and distinction. “
I tragically have not had the opportunity to meet these luscious, shining droplets of the divine in person, but several of my fellow jewelry Instagrammers have.
One more photo for good measure! There’s not much I can tell you about these that they don’t say themselves. Please behold them and enjoy.
Unless you can afford them…in which case, don’t forget to bid on May 16th and please can we be friends?
Images via Sotheby’s.