Sotheby’s Geneva will host its Magnificent Jewels sale on 13 November 2013 featuring The Pink Star, the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction. This 59.60-carat internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond is estimated in excess of HK$468 million. The jewel not only received the highest colour and clarity grades from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) for pink diamonds but it is also part of a rare subgroup known as Type IIa, where stones are chemically the purest of all diamond crystals and often have extraordinary optical transparency. Only 2% of all gem diamonds belong to this subgroup. Now you know!
David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division in Europe and the Middle East and Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, “The Pink Star diamond is of immense importance. Its exceptional richness of colour – graded as ‘vivid pink’ by the GIA – combined with its extraordinary size, are characteristics that surpass those of any known pink diamond in State, Royal, or private collections. This 59.60-carat stone is simply off any scale, and passes, I believe, into the ranks of earth’s greatest natural treasures.”
The Pink Star will travel to five major cities, including Hong Kong, New York, London, Zurich and Geneva.
- Date: 13 November 2013
- Venue: Geneva
Photo credit: Sotheby’s