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The Most Famous Pink Diamonds in the World

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 5/27/16 8:00 AM

It is well known that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but when it comes to the rarest stones in the world, women aren’t the only ones looking to join the fun. It is estimated that pink diamonds account for .0001% of all diamonds. This makes pink diamonds one of the most sought after variety of stones in the world. Here’s a history of some of the most famous pink diamonds of all time.

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In 2013 the Pink Star diamond recorded a sale price of $83.2 million at auction. The Pink Star has had its fair share of attention and not just for its astonishing beauty. The diamond, which has also been known as the Steinmetz Pink, was nearly renamed the Pink Dream by Isaac Wolf, who submitted the $83.2 million bid. However, when Wolf defaulted on his payment, the diamond was returned to the previous owner. Weighing 59.6 carats, the Pink Star has been described by the Financial Times as “the rarest, finest, most precious stone the world has ever seen.”

Pink diamonds are most prevalently unearthed in Australia. However, India has produced a number of rare diamonds from its Golconda mines, including pinks. One of the most famous pink diamonds, the Shah Jahan Diamond, was found in the Golconda mine. This gem was named after the great Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, who ruled India from 1628 to 1658.  The diamond was sewn onto the turban of the emperor who had one of the largest pink diamonds in the world. The Shah Jahan is a table-cut stone that weighs 56.71 carats with remarkable clarity.

It is fascinating to see how the notoriety of a diamond can increase its value. The Graff Pink Supreme Diamond is one such example of a diamond’s value increasing due to its mystery. It is a 10.83 carat diamond named after its owner, Laurence Graff of London. The Graff Pink Supreme Diamond does not have a recorded color or clarity grade, which may be due to its arcane history. The last known information was the sale of the diamond in 1993 by Christie’s auction in Geneva for over $6 million, the rest remains a mystery.

Another intriguing pink diamond is referred to as the Darya-Ye-Noor or the “Sea of Light.”  It originated from India and has a very interesting history. It was initially in the possession of the Kakatiya Dynasty in the early 1000’s CE, but was later stolen by the Khilji dynasty and given to the first Moghul Emperor of India. In 1739, King Nadir Shah of Persia invaded the city of Delhi and Agra, where the gem was looted. During the reign of Naser al-Din, the stone was integrated into an extravagant frame that signified the Aryan origins of Iran. A set of 477 diamonds and 4 rubies were added between the two symbols of a lion and a sun. After many decades, the diamond currently sits in the same frame and is in the possession of the Iranian Crown Jewels. It is an estimated 186 carats and thought to be a cut from the Great Table Diamond, a long lost pink stone that is said to be over 400 carats.

The complementing diamond to Darya-Ye-Noor is the Noor-ul-Ain stone which translates to “The Light of the Eye.” Also thought to be part of the Great Table Diamond, the Noor-ul-Ain displays a pale pink color and weighs nearly 60 carats. It was discovered in the Golconda mines of India and was also brought to the Iranian Imperial collection after King Nadir Shah looted the city of Delhi and Agra in the 18th century. Today, the gem is the centerpiece of a tiara made for the Iranian Empress, Fara Pahlavi, which contains a total of 324 diamonds.


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