Blue Farnese is called one of the most important diamonds in history. A rare stone, whose history dates back to the early 18th century, was mined from the Golconda diamond mines in India. He managed to stay in the possession of four royal families of Europe: "Blue Farnese" was presented to the Spanish queen Isabella Farnese by the Governor of the Philippine Islands (only one of 12 ships equipped by him with wedding gifts to the future queen sailed to the shores of Spain across the ocean), he decorated the tiara of Marie Antoinette … For more than 250 years, the stone was kept in the treasury of the Parma Bourbon family and was used first in a precious tie pin and later in a diamond tiara.
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Princess Ely of Bourbon-Parma, niece of Emperor Franz Joseph, was probably the last member of the dynasty to wear this tiara on October 21, 1911. Since then, the blue Farnese diamond has not been exhibited to the public until the descendants of an aristocratic family put the 6.16-carat relic up at Sotheby's in May 2018. The lot was sold to a private individual for more than $ 6.7 million.
The Blue Farnese diamond at Sotheby's in May 2018 © press service
Soon the stone was acquired by the house of Bvlgari. The decision was made to re-cut the pear-shaped diamond to fully reveal its chromatic potential. The original Fancy Dark Gray Blue has been reclassified as Fancy Deep Violetish Blue. The stone retained and even improved its pear-shaped shape, losing only 0.13 carats in weight.
Sketch of a necklace with the "Blue Farnese" Bvlgari © press service
Today, the jewelry house's design team is developing a worthy setting for a historic diamond. Options for a diamond necklace and a men's signet ring have already been proposed. However, a potential client has the right to demand his design for Blue Farnese.>