A pair of diamond earrings has been sold at an auction in Geneva for a world record price of $57.4m (N22,099,000,000).

The pear-shaped jewels, Apollo and Artemis, are almost 16 carats each.

Although Artmis is pink and Apollo is blue, the flawless stones which were mined in South Africa are perfectly matched.

The earrings were the stars of Geneva’s spring jewelry auction.

Auction giant, Sotheby’s, initially offered them separately believing it would be herculean to find a buyer interested in the pair.

But the earrings were bought by one person: an anonymous buyer who will keep them as a pair.

David Bennet, Sotheby’s chief auctioneer, revealed that coloured diamonds are extremely rare “show stoppers”.

“These are in their own right extraordinarily rare stones, but taken together they are unprecedented, they are absolutely stunning,” Bennet said.

Apollo and Artemis differ in their respective prices. Apollo sold for $42.5m while Artemis went for $15.5m.

The pure vivid blue of Apollo is said to be rarer, and therefore worth more than the intense pink Artemis.

Despite selling for a world record price, Apollo and Artemis were purchased below their estimated prices of $70m.



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