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Aria President Bobby Baldwin, Hakkasan Group President Nick McCabe and Infinity World Development Corp. President Bill Grounds attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jewel on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Aria.
Published Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 5:36 p.m.
Updated Friday, May 20, 2016 | 9:31 a.m.
James Algate, vice president of music at Hakkasan Group; Nick McCabe, president, Hakkasan Group; Shawn Sullivan, partner and studio manager, Rockwell Group (the designer of new nightclub Jewel at Aria); and Derek Silberstein, executive vice president of operations at Hakkasan Group take part in a panel discussion Tuesday, April 26, 2016, outside Jewel.
How appropriate the good timing of the nightclub Jewel’s grand opening at Aria tonight with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., the same day that the Oppenheimer Blue diamond was purchased for more than $58 million, becoming the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction.
The 14.62-carat stone went to an unidentified buyer at the Christie’s auction house in Geneva, Switzerland. The rectangular-cut diamond was set in a woman’s ring and between two smaller trapezoid-shaped diamonds.
Bidding took 25 minutes after starting at more than $30 million. The previous world record was a 12.03-carat Blue Moon diamond that sold also in Geneva seven months ago for $48.5 million.
It’s not likely that the gemstone will ever be on display at the new Jewel in Aria, but here’s hoping. Meantime, we have Jamie to add the bling to tonight’s official opening.
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