This very special auction celebrates the Chinese tradition of numerology, particularly the highly auspicious number 8. To commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime date of 8-8-2018, Sotheby’s announces the sale of 8 lots of exceptional loose diamonds specifically chosen for their combination of impeccable quality and fortuitous carat weights featuring the number 8. Dating back to Chinese antiquity, there is a rich heritage of divining meaning from numbers and 8 is revered as the luckiest, most prosperous number of all. The number’s form — two perfectly balanced, seamlessly connected loops — is the universal symbol for infinity, making these diamonds sentimentally suited to tokens of love and commitment such as engagement rings.
Beyond their auspices, the stones in this collection boast remarkably pure, colorless clarity in a variety of cuts. All of the diamonds were sourced by Diacore, a lauded fixture of the diamond industry that has overseen every step of these stones’ genesis from mines in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia to their final polishing in New York. Beginning on 08 September, this sale offers a rare opportunity to procure diamonds that are covetable for more than just their brilliant surface. With beauty and significance in equal measure, these diamonds will make for jewels that are precious in every sense.