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Auction House Sotheby’s released that on May 15 they will be offering a historic blue diamond. The Farnese Blue diamond is one of the top lots at its Geneva Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction. This will be the first time ever that this 6.16 carat grey-blue pear-shaped diamond will appear on the market.

Philip Herzog von Württemberg, the chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and managing director of Sotheby’s Germany shares “with its incredible pedigree, the Farnese Blue ranks among the most important historic diamonds in the world”. The diamond comes with a GIA certificate stating that the stone is fancy dark grey-blue and SI1 clarity. The history of the diamond goes that King Philip V gave the ring in 1714 to Queen Elisabeth Farnese of Spain as a wedding gift. The fancy dark grey-blue diamond has spent 300 years in a private collection of Europe’s royal families. Making its appearance on May 15 all the more special.

The diamond originates from the Golconda mines of India, from where it traveled to Spain, France, Italy, and Austria in the last three centuries.

The Royal Secret & recorded history

As the family kept the diamond in a secret royal caset, other family members or royal jewelers did not know about its existence. Queen Elisabeth passed the Farnese Blue on to her son, Philip, Duke of Parma. Who passed the unique blue diamond on to his son Ferdinand. The son of Ferdinand, Louis I, King of Etruria inherited the stone, to, later on, pass it to Charles II, the Duke of Lucca.

That was not the end as Duke of Lucca passed the diamond on to the grandson, Robert I. The last ruling Duke of Parma. Robert I chose to mount the grey-blue diamond on a diadem that belonged to his mother, Louis Marie Thérèse of Artois. Robert I passed on the stone upon his death to his son Elias of Bourbon, Duke of Parma who gave it to Maria Anna von Habsburg, who died in 1940.

The Farness Blue display dates

Before the historic grey blue 6.16 carat diamond goes up for auction in Geneva, it will be displayed in Hong Kong, London, New York, Singapore, and Taipei.

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