The world has seen many impressive – and even historic – diamonds offered for sale at auction in recent years. The photo gallery above highlights 10 that have enthralled diamond connoisseurs with their extraordinary size, striking cut, flawless clarity, perfect color and the most alluring feature of all: rarity. These diamonds are the pinnacle of the beauty and allure of gems.
Read more about the growing influence of auction houses on the colored gem and diamond industry in the Spring 2013 issue of Gems & Gemology.
All of the diamonds in this photo gallery have been graded by GIA.