“These exquisite coloured diamonds are enormously rare and each is a wonderful stone in its own right. Together, as a pair of earrings, they are breathtaking. We have named them after Apollo and Artemis, a twin brother and sister of great power and beauty who were among the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. These are diamonds of great distinction, with extraordinary presence, and we are honoured that Sotheby’s has been chosen to bring them to auction,” said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division.
LONDON – ‘The Raj Pink’, the world’s largest known Fancy Intense Pink diamond has been unveiled in London today.
The exceptionally rare diamond, which weighs 37.30 carats, will take centre stage in the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on 15 November.
Speaking about the diamond, David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, said: “The discovery of any pink diamond is exceptional, but ‘The Raj Pink’’s remarkable size and intensity of colour places it in the rarefied company of the most important pink diamonds known.”
The rough diamond which yielded ‘The Raj Pink’ was studied for over a year after its discovery in 2015. It was then entrusted to a master cutter, who brought the diamond’s innermost beauty to full display by crafting it into an exceptional cushion-modified brilliant cut.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which certified the diamond, characterized it as an “astonishing stone”, describing its hue as “a very bright and ravishing fancy intense pink colour”. It continued, “For a diamond to display strong, unmodified pink colour like that observed in ‘The Raj Pink’ is rare, particularly at so considerable a weight”.
The discovery of a gem-quality pink diamond of any size is an extremely rare occurrence. Of all diamonds submitted to the GIA each year, less than 0.02% are predominantly pink.
‘The Raj Pink’ will be on view in London from 13–17 October alongside other highlights from the Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels sale.