Enormous rare pink diamond: Christie’s, London – The Pink Legacy

Did you see @christiesjewels teaser video yesterday? They posted a mysterious “something exciting is coming to London tomorrow…” Slightly paraphrased yet, it came today, it is *here*. All 18.69 carats of it.

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Christie’s

Dubbed The Pink Legacy and aptly described by Tom Moses Executive VP at GIA as “the rarest of all gemstones.”

Christie’s website states: “Only one in 100,000 diamonds possess a colour deep enough to qualify as ‘Fancy Vivid’ […] In over 250 years of auction history at Christie’s, only four such stones have ever appeared for sale.”

Cannot WAIT to see it (and swoon) in person. Not really a fan of the setting, yet as the stone is as heavenly as this, I’m willing to overlook it!

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewellery at Christie’s said:

“To find a diamond of this size with this colour is pretty much unreal,” he continues. “You may see this colour in a pink diamond of less than one carat. But this is almost 19 carats and it’s as pink as can be. It’s unbelievable.”

Scientists classify diamonds into two main ‘types’ — Type I and Type II. In the latter, the diamond has a particularly rare, almost homogenous colour.Pink diamonds fall under the rare Type IIa category of diamonds,’ explains the specialist. ‘These are stones that have little if any trace of nitrogen, and make up less than two per cent of all gem diamonds. Type IIa stones are some of the most chemically pure diamonds often with exceptional transparency and brilliance.” 

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By Appointment with Dr Thomas Hainschwang, international award winning diamond specialist and multi-disciplinary gemmologist