Famous Diamonds: the Graff Pink

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Natural pink diamonds are the rarest and most desirable gems in the world.

At 23.88 carats the Graff Pink with its rectangular step cut, delicate round corners and perfectly mesmerising pink hue is the most beautiful internally flawless vivid pink diamond in the world.

The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, once owned by American celebrity jeweller Harry Winston, has been described as “one of the greatest diamonds ever discovered”. The diamond, mounted in a ring, was sold by Sotheby’s auctioneers in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 November 2010. Before its sale, the stone was expected to enter the list of the top ten most expensive diamonds in the world; on selling for US $46 million (£29 million) it became the most expensive single jewel ever sold at auction.

Even if Mr. Graff was impressed by the stone’s both exceptional weight and vivid saturation of colour, he was aware of a greater potential laying within the stone and he had it recut.

The gem was then sent to the Gemological Institute of America and classified by GIA as “fancy intense pink”—a high colour rating for pink diamonds—and has been assessed as Diamond type IIa, placing it in the top two per cent of the world’s diamonds.

The early history of the diamond is not clear. It was sold in the 1950s by American celebrity jeweller Harry Winston to a private collector, who owned it up until 2010, when it was sold at auction. Despite its rarity, the diamond was unnamed for all this time.

The diamond is emerald cut with rounded corners, and is mounted on a platinum ring with two flanking shield-shaped diamonds.

“It is the most fabulous diamond I’ve seen in my career,” Laurence Graff said in a statement issued by Sotheby’s.

In celebration of the stone’s unique beauty, Laurence Graff renamed the diamond simply ‘The Graff Pink’ – the most fabulous pink diamond in the world.

For more information: visit Graff’s site

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