One bitcoin can now buy a Tiffany engagement ring.
The digital currency hit $10,000 Tuesday, according to CoinDesk, marking an exponential ascent from 6 cents seven years ago and less than $1,000 at the start of this year.
The cryptocurrency had hovered above the $9,800 level for most of the day, but finally broke through the milestone level around 8:30 p.m. ET, according to CoinDesk. After a brief stutter, bitcoin continued its march higher, hitting $10,358.31 by 10:39 p.m. ET.
Since bitcoin's market capitalization is less than $200 billion, enthusiasts point out the digital currency could rise dramatically if it draws even a tiny fraction of the world's $200 trillion in traditional financial market assets.
More than 120 "cryptofunds" have launched, including some run by Wall Street veterans, according to financial research firm Autonomous Next. In another move towards establishing bitcoin's legitimacy as an asset class, the world's largest futures exchange, CME, is planning to launch bitcoin futures in the second week of December.
Former Fortress hedge fund manager Michael Novogratz predicted on CNBC's "Fast Money" in October that bitcoin would reach $10,000 in the next six to 10 months. As bitcoin rose above $9,700 Monday, Novogratz said in another "Fast Money" segment that bitcoin could "easily" be at $40,000 at the end of 2018.