Worth $16,000,000, THE HEART OF ETERNITY is No. 8 on the list of most expensive diamonds.
This superb diamond is just as its name denotes - a heart shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond which weighs 5.528 grams and 27.64 carats as graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
A fabulous and romantic diamond as one would expect, the Heart of Eternity was cut by the Steinmetz Group who owned the diamond before selling to the De Beers Group.
Some diamonds are just meant to be more exquisite than others and the Heart of Eternity is just that. It is reported to have been found in the Premier Diamond Mine of South Africa.
This particular type of Blue diamond (known as Type11b) account for less than 0.1% of Fancy coloured diamonds sourced from the Premier Mine, the only mine in the world known for producing a noteable source of blue diamonds.
The Heart of Eternity is part of De Beers Millennium Jewels collection. This collection also includes the Millennium Star. This spectacular collection of blue diamonds totals 118 carats (23.6g) and was displayed at The Millennium Dome in London in the UK.
On the 7th November 2000, an attempt was made to steal the collection. Happily this was foiled. Rumour has it that the Heart of Eternity was sold to a private collector after being exhibited at the Millenium Dome.
Image courtesy of Smithsonian Institution