Once in a Blue Moon: The Magnificent Blue Diamond

Once in a Blue Moon: The Magnificent Blue Diamond

Imagine being only seven years old and having two phenomenal, massive colored diamonds named after you! The Blue Moon diamond, a 12.03-carat blue diamond, was purchased for a staggering $48.4 million at a Sotheby’s Geneva jewelry auction back in November 2015. The buyer was Hong Kong billionaire, Joseph Lau, who immediately renamed the gem “Blue Moon of Josephine” in honor of his young daughter. Just a day prior, he also spent an incredible $28.5 million on a rare 16.08-carat pink diamond and promptly designated that unique stone “Sweet Josephine.” Lucky Josephine!

The Blue Moon diamond is a particularly exceptional stone with many inherent qualities that greatly elevate this precious gem’s value. Only a minute percentage of all natural-color diamonds are blue. In addition, the Blue Moon diamond also has the honor of being declared as Internally Flawless by the experts at the Gemological Institute of America. This means that there are no inclusions in the stone and that is has achieved a perfect clarity grade.

Another fascinating feature of this astounding diamond is its highly unusual red phosphorescence. When the stone is exposed to ultraviolet light, the blue diamond glows a fiery red. This is so exceptional that scientists from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gem and Mineral Collection spent countless hours extensively studying and researching the stone, prior to its exhibition and sale. The nexus of all these rare qualities found in a single stunning diamond prompted the fitting name Blue Moon diamond. A stone so incredible, only comes along once in a blue moon!

At Chicago Loan Company, our team of GIA-certified gemologists are ready and equipped to evaluate even the most unique gemstones. Be it a Fancy Intense Yellow diamond, a Padparadscha sapphire or a Burmese ruby, our trained staff is happy to evaluate your collateral for an outright purchase or a stress-free loan. Give us a call at 312-236-2929 or email info@chicagoloan.com to set up an appointment today!

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Once in a Blue Moon: The Magnificent Blue Diamond
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Once in a Blue Moon: The Magnificent Blue Diamond
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Learn why the Blue Moon diamond is such a particularly exceptional stone. The clarity is exceptional and adds value to this gem. Contact us for an appraisal of your gemstones.
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