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31.06-carats Flawless Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond

31.06-carat Flawless Deep Blue Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond
31.06-carat Flawless Deep Blue Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond. Photo courtesy Christies
  • Natural Fancy Color
  • Internally flawless
  • Type IIb 
  • Deep Blue 
  • Wittelsbach-Graff 
  • 31.06 carats 
  • Second Largest blue diamond of the Blue Planet
  • Mined in India
Every quality you could think of in a diamond, is in the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond.
Mined in India, & taken to Europe, its history dates back to 1664. The stone was given by Spain’s Philip IV to his daughter Infanta Margarita Teresa upon her engagement to Emperor Leopold I of Austria. The gem was then passed on to Leopold’s heirs after the princess’ death and made its way into the Bavarian crown jewels in 1722 when it entered the Wittelsbach family. Christie's auctioned important jewelry from the Bavarian crown jewels, including the Wittelsbach, in 1931, after which the diamond disappeared for 31 years until it was identified by a jeweler in 1962. In 1964, the stone was sold to an anonymous private buyer in whose family it remained for more than three decades.
Bavarian Kings Crown with Wittelsbach Diamond
Bavarian Kings Crow.Photo courtesy: Wikipedia
Wittelsbach Pavilion structure
Wittelsbach Pavilion structure.Photo courtesy: R.W.Wise
In December 2008, the Wittelsbach was sold (again at Christie's) to jeweler Lawrence Graff for over $24.3 million. Originally weighing around 35.56 carats it lost its 4.45 carats in re-cutting but improved its GIA grading of Fancy Deep Grayish Blue to a Fancy Deep Blue. Its clarity grade improved likewise from VS2 to Internally Flawless (IF).
Throughout the very delicate process of re-polishing, the diamond was worked on by three separate cutters beginning with Nino Bianco. Great care and attention was taken to retain its original features and the new avatar was renamed as Wittelsbach Graff  diamond.
Second largest Fancy Color Blue Diamond of the World - Wittelsbach
Second largest Fancy Color Blue Diamond of the World - The recut Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond
 What do you think about the Wonderful journey of the Wittelsbach Graff Diamond?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments below


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