Diamond set to wow at autumn auction
A DIAMOND solitaire is a classic and coveted piece of jewellery. At Anthemion Auctions in Cardiff, the solitaire due to go under the hammer on November 21 is in something of a class of its own. Weighing around 5g, the stunning ring will dazzle prospective auction buyers with its whopping 4.25 carats of diamond, and auction estimates of £15,000 to £20,000.
The round brilliant-cut diamond measures approximately 11mm by 6mm, and dwarfs some of the other large diamond solitaires on offer in the auction.
Solitaire rings have one single diamond and are a very popular choice for engagement rings; they are considered to be an iconic symbol of commitment, with the striking simplicity of their beauty creating a timeless appeal.
The favourite cut for an engagement ring is the brilliant cut, which provides the maximum amount of sparkle to the gemstone, and the average carat size for an engagement ring in the UK is 0.6 carats.
To lend further perspective to the piece’s giant proportions, the engagement ring worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, measured 3 carats of cushion-cut diamond, surrounded by diamond side stones, and the ring worn by Jackie Kennedy contained a 2.88-carat diamond, together with a 2.84-carat emerald. A diamond of such magnitude as 4.25 carats is certainly something of an auction rarity and, rather romantically, the auction team hope that the piece will be purchased by a private buyer with a truly exceptional proposal in mind.
The solitaire joins a gallery of more than 200 lots of stunning jewellery in the fine art auction, including a 3-carat solitaire and numerous other gemstone rings. The sale on November 21 also features Welsh arts, oil and watercolour paintings, silverware, furniture, collector’s items and works of art. ■ The auction will be available to view and bid online from Monday, November 12. For any queries regarding the sale, the auction house can be contacted on 029 2047 2444 or at email@example.com
The 4.25-carat diamond solitaire – estimated between £15,000 and £20,000
Next to a 1-carat solitaire – for size comparison