Sotheby’s Geneva announced it will be auctioning the extraordinary Beau Sancy Diamond, a modified 34.98 carat pear double rose-cut diamond with an estimated value of $2 million to $4 million. Highlighting over 400 years of European history, this historic marvel has been passed down through 4 royal families from France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange.
The legendary stone is believed to have been discovered in the 1500s and is said to have come from the Golconda mines, a major diamond center renowned for producing some of the world’s most celebrated diamonds such as the Hope, the Koh-i-Noor, and the Regent.
“The Beau Sancy is one of the most fascinating and romantic gems ever to appear at auction and it is an immense privilege for Sotheby’s to handle the sale,” said David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry in Europe and the Middle East. “Stones from royal collections hardly ever appear at auction. In my career this is an absolute one-off,” he added.
The precious gemstone is set to go to auction on May 15th.