Auctioneers Christie’s saw its first ever online dedicated diamond sale come to a close yesterday, with total takings of nearly $1.5 million (£1.1 million).

The ‘Jewels Online: Summer Sparkle’ auction attracted 28% new registrants from over 20 countries around the world.

The top lot of the sale, which sold for $325,000 (£245,000), was a jewel by Graff, suspending a 20.21ct pear-shaped yellow-brown diamond, set in a fine white-diamond necklace.


Other highlights, Christie’s said, included an old mine brilliant-cut diamond ring of 12.02ct, which realised $118,750 (£89,300); a diamond ring of 4.80ct that sold for $87,500 (£66,000); and a fancy yellow diamond ring of 8.16ct, which achieved $81,250 (£61,000).

The sale ran from 12-27 August and 84% of lots sold.

See photos of some of the items below: