A super pink 37.30-carat diamond on auction at Sotheby’s in Geneva ♦ ︎
It’s back the big diamond season, with big expectations and (probably) big prices. In Geneva Sotheby’s will presents The Raj Pink, the largest Fancy Intense Pink diamond with a weight of 37.30 carats. This superlative and exceptionally rare diamond will be at the center of the auction dedicated to Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels on November 15th. “The discovery of a pink diamond is exceptional, but the remarkable size and intensity of the color of Raj Pink put it in the rare company of the most important pink diamonds known,” commented David Bennett, world president of Sotheby’s International Jewelery Division. The raw diamond that produced The Raj Pink was studied for more than a year after its discovery in 2015. It was then entrusted to a cutting master that highlighted its features. The result is a diamond with a special cushion cut. The name, Raj Pink, was given by the current owner of the diamond, who wants to remain anonymous. Raj is a word that in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, means king.
The Gemological Institute of America (Gia) has certified the diamond. The description is full of superlative adjectives: “stunning stone”, with shades like “an intense pink and bright, very bright.” According to Gia, “for a diamond to show a pink and natural pink like the one observed in The Pink Raj is rare, especially if it has such a heavy weight.”
The discovery of a quality pink diamond of every dimension is an extremely rare event. Of all diamonds presented to Gia every year, less than 0.02% are pink. “Only on rare occasions diamonds with vibrant and shimmering colors like Raj Pink emerge from the ground … only the most privileged and experienced in the industry know about their existence. With an unmodified Fancy Intense Pink nuance, substantial dimensions and desirable clarity, Raj Pink is definitely one of those jewels that only a few would have the honor to experience,” concluded the Gemological Institute. Federico Graglia