Pink diamonds

Pink color diamonds

Pink diamonds are among the rarer fancy colored diamonds. They are particularly popular and the combination of high demand and limited supply means that they are usually very valuable. Pink diamonds in jewelry are a symbol of luxury. They are preferred by collectors or investors. The price of pink diamonds has been rising steadily for years.

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Formation of pink diamonds and their intensity

The origin of the pink color in diamonds has not yet been clarified with certainty. Research has shown that the diamond was exposed to disturbances during the creation process, which then led to so-called “grain lines” (irregularities in growth) or a type of grain that refracts the light in such a way that the diamond appears pink. Pink colored stones with high degrees of purity are therefore exceptional. The more grainings a diamond has, the more intense the pink color. Pink gemstones come in all intensities. The higher the intensity, the rarer and more valuable the stone.

Overtones in pink diamonds

Pure pink diamonds (without overtones) are often more valuable than diamonds with secondary colors. Of course there are exceptions to this rule. For example, a purple overtone increases the value of the diamond. The different overtones result in different shades of color. From light old pink to rich pink tones, everything is included. Common overtones include purple, brown , gray and orange .

Pink diamond locations

Pink diamonds are found in small mines in Africa, India or Brazil. The Argyle mine in Australia is best known for pink diamonds. This is where most pink fancies are discovered and, above all, the color of the diamonds here is often stronger than diamonds found in other locations. The pink color of Argyle diamonds is so unique and striking that a diamond wholesaler can tell if the diamond comes from this mine. Due to their special color, they are ideal as an investment. In addition, these stones are often provided with an original certificate from the Argyle mine, which confirms the location where they were found. With this certificate, higher prices can usually be achieved.

Famous pink diamonds

The Pink Star
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The “Pink Star” (59.60 carats) shines in vivid pink and was discovered in South Africa in 1999 by De Beers. As a rough diamond (132.5 carats), it was known as “Steinmetz Pink”. In 2003, the diamond was presented at the Smithsonian's "Splendor of Diamonds" exhibition. Ten years later it was sold at a Sotheby's auction. 83 million dollars (approx. 62 million euros) were offered. The amount was never paid and Sotheby's kept it in its own inventory for $72 million.

The Grand Conde
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The “Grand Condé” is a pear-shaped, 9.01 carat, fancy pink diamond. Its history is closely intertwined with the “Bourbon-Condé”. The governor Louis II de Bourbon (1621-1686), also called “Grand Condé”, won several battles and received the diamond from Louis XIII in recognition of his efforts. This is where the name of the diamond comes from. In 1886 it was handed over to the Institut de France, which still owns the diamond today.

The Darya i Noor
The Darya i Noor Source:

This diamond ( approx. 182 carats ) is the largest pink diamond in the world. “Darya i Noor” is Persian and means “sea of ​​light”. He was discovered in India. During a campaign in India in 1739, Nadir Shah came into possession of this extraordinary diamond. Since then, the unique pink diamond has been part of Iran's crown jewels. In 1926 and 1967 it was worn as a hat decoration at the coronation of Reza Shah and his son Mahammad Reza.

The Graff Pink
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This 24.78 carat, with a clarity of VVS2, is a true treasure. It shines in a fancy, intense pink and was processed as an emerald cut. The diamond was owned by the well-known jeweler Harry Winston for around 60 years. In 2010, the diamond was auctioned by Sotheby's in Geneva. Laurence Graff purchased the diamond for a then-record price of $46 million. The stone was subsequently named after its owner.

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