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Chronology : 1960 21st century 2000-2009 2003 2010-2019 2017
Do you know the Martian Pink from the Perfect Pink? Christie’s #jewellery specialist Marie-Cécile Cisamolo takes you through 10 history-making pink diamonds which have bedazzled our salerooms. #WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/1ko6R9nMKT pic.twitter.com/kwOZxiJCpX— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) October 3, 2018
Fancy Vivid Pink
1999-2003 IF, The Pink Star
2013 recorded 76 MCHF including premium, UNPAID
2017 SOLD for HK$ 550M by Sotheby's
It had been expected beyond US $ 60M, a conservative estimate when we consider that it is "only" US$ 1M per carat, but nevertheless ambitious because no other diamond has ever reached such a price at auction.
Its come back was eagerly awaited by all the fans of highest jewelry and of auction history. It was sold for HK $ 550M by Sotheby's on April 4, 2017, lot 1801. Its expected value has been kept unchanged before from the 2013 auction.
Its subtle color, Fancy Vivid Pink, is the best graded among diamond colors. Internally Flawless means a perfect clarity. Its weight, 59.60 carats, is the highest recorded for finished flawless diamonds of that color. The fancy vivid pink weighing more than 10 carats are extremely rare.Its oval shape and its polish are the perfect result of two years of work executed by Steinmetz Diamonds.
It comes from a rough gem of 142.5 carats unearthed in 1999 by De Beers somewhere in Africa, which is currently the best location for new fabulous diamonds. Its mixed cut had required more than 50 subsequent models from epoxy casts. It was unveiled to the public in 2003.
Please watch the videos shared by Sotheby's : the 2013 pre sale video and the short video introducing the 2017 auction :
VS1, The Pink Legacy
2018 SOLD for CHF 50M by Christie's
This pink diamond Type IIa weighs 18.96 carats in a Fancy Vivid saturation without trace of secondary color and in VS1 clarity. Shaped in rectangle with cut corners, it is mounted on a ring. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
Its stone had been mined in South Africa and the jewel belonged to the Oppenheimer family. Although it cannot compete with the Pink Star, 59.60 carats Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless, it is one of the best diamonds in its class.
Fancy Vivid is the high end of saturation, better than Fancy Intense, and big diamonds are rare in this shade. Above all, each diamond is different for a jeweler. The shape is chosen according to the homogeneity of the color. The rectangle offers the best brilliance. It is often used for white diamonds but big pink diamonds capable to maintain their full brightness in that shape are very rare.
In Fancy Vivid Pink saturation, a rectangular diamond weighing 5.18 carats whose clarity was only VS2 was sold for CHF 10M by Christie's on May 13, 2015, approaching CHF 2M per carat.
A cushion shaped potentially flawless fancy vivid pink weighing 5.00 carats, named The Vivid Pink, was sold for HK $ 84M by Christie's on December 1, 2009, corresponding to US $ 2.1M per carat, lot 2455.
VVS2, The Unique Pink
2016 SOLD for CHF 31M by Sotheby's
For this reason, pink diamonds offer a continuous range of hues from the paler (faint) to the most saturated (fancy vivid). The fancy intense pink often discussed in this column is less prestigious than the fancy vivid. The atomic intrusions can also generate more complex pinks approaching to purple or orange.
On May 17, 2016, Sotheby's sold the Unique Pink for CHF 31M, lot 495.
This fancy vivid pink of astonishing transparency and splendid purity offers a very saturated color. The total absence of atomic intrusions in the carbon crystal was verified by spectroscopy. Without approaching the weight of the Pink Star, the Unique Pink remains nevertheless very large in its category, 15.38 carats. It is VVS2, the best clarity below internally flawless and VVS1.
Because of their creation by pressure during the formation of the rock, the pink gems have an axis. The jeweler takes it into account to choose the shape. The Pink Star, absolute wonder of mineralogy, has been cut as a perfect oval obtained after two years of work by Steinmetz Diamonds. The Unique Pink was pear shaped by Cora International.
I invite you to watch the video shared by Sotheby's :
2015 SOLD for CHF 29M by Christie's
On November 10, 2015, Christie's sold for CHF 29M from a lower estimate of CHF 22M a cushion cut fancy vivid pink of VVS2 clarity weighing 16.08 carats, mounted on a ring in a surrounding of rows of small diamonds, lot 409.
IF, The Williamson Pink Star
2022 for sale on October 7 by Sotheby's
The Williamson is famous for its high quality pink diamonds. A virtually flawless pink cut down to 23.6 carats was presented in 1947 by Williamson to Princess Elizabeth at her wedding with Prince Philip. Assembled by Cartier as the centre of a jonquil shaped brooch, it was frequently pinned on Her Majesty's coat.
On October 7, 2022, Sotheby's sells the Williamson Pink Star, lot 1115. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
Strongly saturated, it is referred by the auction house as one of the purest and pinkest diamonds. Weighing 11.15 carats, it is the second biggest internally flawless fancy vivid pink ever listed at auction. It was cushion cut by Diacore from a 32 carat rough diamond found at the Williamson mine.
It is assembled on a 18 karat white and pink gold ring in a surrounding of small pink and white diamonds.
One of the world’s purest pink diamonds to ever appear at auction – the 11.15ct “Williamson Pink Star”, estimated at US.$21m / HK$170m, has the potential to set a new per carat price record for a Fancy Vivid pink diamond in Hong Kong this October. https://t.co/8eLMVwQVkM pic.twitter.com/wU8oFqLJw8— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) September 2, 2022
Fancy Intense Pink
VVS2, later The Graff Pink
2010 SOLD for CHF 45.4M by Sotheby's
On November 16, 2010, Sotheby's sold for CHF 45.4M from a lower estimate of CHF 27M another fancy intense pink diamond, also of VVS2 clarity, also emerald cut, but bigger. Weighing 24.78 carats, it is mounted on a ring. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
The fancy intense pink color is highly striking in this specimen. Its emerald shape may be considered as the best cut with regard to brilliance.
This diamond was already known : 60 years earlier, it was purchased to Harry Winston. It had never come back on the market. It will be later identified as the Graff Pink.
Its 2010 price per carat is US $ 1.83M per carat.
1960 VS2, the Princie
2013 SOLD for $ 39.3M by Christie's
This diamond has not been seen publicly since 1960. It was then bought £ 46K at auction by Van Cleef & Arpels, who named it the Princie Diamond by friendship with the young prince of Baroda.
Its true color revealed by the 2013 sale, fancy intense pink, is a pleasant surprise, because this is one of the best and rarest colors.
The provenance of the Princie was not revealed in 1960. The seller was the Nizam of Hyderabad himself, which supports the hypothesis that this diamond had been extracted from Golconda. Unfortunately, its VS2 clarity is not perfect. The Graff Pink, VVS2, is better by two grades.
VVS2, The Perfect Pink
2010 SOLD 180 MHK$ by Christie's
The color classified Fancy Intense Pink is saturated and pure, with no shade of secondary color. Its purity VVS2 is exceptional for a diamond of this category. The emerald cut is perfect, too, and the press release indicates that this quality is an assurance that the stone has not been modified.
2016 SOLD for CHF 21M by Sotheby's
On November 16, 2016, Sotheby's sold for CHF 21M from a lower estimate of CHF 12M a fancy intense pink weighing 17.07 carats, lot 336. Its clarity is graded VVS1 by the GIA including the suggestion for a polishing that would probably upgrade it to internally flawless.
Its beauty is demonstrated in the video below. The emerald shape may be considered as the best cut with regard to brilliance.
On the previous day, November 15, 2016, Christie's sold for CHF 18M a pear-shaped fancy vivid pink weighing 9.14 carats. Its clarity is only VS2 but it is exceptional by the purity of its shade without any trace of secondary color, lot 216. An example comparable in size and clarity is the former diamond of Huguette Clark, reduced to 8.72 carats to achieve a VS2 clarity. It was sold for CHF 14.8M by Sotheby's on May 12, 2015.
Fancy Vivid Purple Pink
2021 SOLD for HK$ 226M by Christie's
On May 23, 2021, Christie's sold for HK $ 226M a ring made of a purple pink diamond flanked with white diamonds, lot 2011.
The colored diamond is a fancy vivid purple pink, well saturated with a slight dominance of the pink which reminds the cherry blossom in the early spring, a symbol of beauty in Japan. It has indeed been named the Sakura diamond from its eponymous flower in Japanese.
This cushion cut diamond is weighing 15.81 carats. It is graded Internally Flawless and has an even color distribution. The GIA stated in 2020 that it is the largest diamond known by them in its color grade in the two highest grades of clarity.
All its physical characteristics, but not its shape, are very similar to the Spirit of the Rose, weighing 14.83 carats, sold unmounted by Sotheby's in 2020, whose polish and symmetry were better graded.
#AuctionUpdate The Sakura, a 15.81 Carat Fancy Vivid Purple Pink Internally Flawless Type lla Diamond Ring, realized HK$226,275,000 / US$29,285,318 and set a new auction record for the largest Purple Pink flawless diamond ever sold at auction. pic.twitter.com/4BbkQ6k0hU— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) May 23, 2021
2017 IF, The Spirit of the Rose
2020 SOLD for CHF 24.4M by Sotheby's
A raw gem discovered in 2017 is a purple pink diamond of exceptional weight, 27.85 carats. Prepared in Russia, the diamond has retained the elongated shape of the rough stone, allowing a sensational yield of over 50%. It weighs 14.83 carats and is certified Fancy Vivid Purple Pink and Internally Flawless by the GIA. Its oval modified brilliant cut perfectly reveals both colors.
The company gave the raw gem the name Nijinsky, in memory of the costume adorned with rose petals worn in 1911 in Monte Carlo by the Russian dancer in the memorable ballet Le Spectre de la Rose. The finished diamond was named The Spirit of the Rose when it was announced in August 2019. It was sold for CHF 24.4M for sale on November 11, 2020 by Sotheby's, lot 204. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
That price is US $ 1.75M per carat. A Fancy Vivid Purple Pink weighing 8.41 carats, also Internally Flawless, was sold by Sotheby's on October 7, 2014 for HK $ 138M, making at US $ 2.1M per carat one of the highest results recorded in the whole range of pink diamonds.