Very recently Sotheby’s held a single-lot sale for a 102.39 carat D flawless diamond, offered without reserve, which sold to a Japanese collector in Hong Kong for US$15.7 million (about RM65 million)…over the phone. He named it “Maiko Star” after his second daughter. That same collector purchased an 88.2-carat D flawless diamond for US$13.8 million (around RM57 million), just last year, and christened it, “Manami Star” after his eldest daughter. Now, Christie’s announced another major rock to hit the block in Geneva next month at the “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” sale on 11 November 2020. Nicknamed “The Spirit of the Rose,” a 14.83-carat fancy vivid type IIA purple-pink diamond is the largest of its kind to come to auction and is estimated between US$23 to US$38 million (about RM95 million to RM157 million).
Pink diamonds are increasingly going up in value and are being eyed by collectors for their ROI potential, especially now as those with significant wealth are increasingly looking to park their assets outside of the stock market. “We have seen an increase in the prices for pink diamonds since the auction of the Graff Pink diamond at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2010,” Benoit Repellin, a Sotheby’s jewellery specialist and head of its “Magnificent Jewels” sales in Geneva, told Robb Report. That 24.78 carat fancy intense pink diamond sold for more than US$46 million, but it was eclipsed in 2017 by Sotheby’s famed CTF Pink Star, an internally flawless 59.60-carat fancy vivid pink diamond that sold for US$71.2 million to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. It remains the world record holder for the highest price ever paid for any diamond or gemstone.
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From Russia, with love! 💗🌷 Today we are announcing the sale of ‘The Spirit of the Rose’ – the world’s largest Vivid Purple-Pink diamond. Mined and cut by @alrosadiamonds, the 14.83- carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Internally Flawless diamond was faceted from the largest pink rough diamond ever mined in Russia. In homage to its Russian origins, the stone takes its name from the acclaimed ballet “Le Spectre de la rose”, which was premiered by the Ballets Russes company in 1911. The highlight of our Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Sale in Geneva on 11 November. Click the link in bio for more details #SothebysJewels #Pinkdiamond #SpiritoftheRose @alrosadiamonds #russia
Overall, Repellin says pink diamonds are, on average, selling above US$1.6 million per carat over the last decade and that is only expected to rise once the Argyle Mine, the largest supplier of high-quality pink diamonds, closes for good this year after a 35-year-long run. To drive home the significance of the news, the mine’s annual production is said to have been small enough to hold in the palm of one’s hand.
“The Spirit of the Rose” was cut from the largest pink rough ever mined in Russia. It was unearthed by the Alrosa mine from the Ebelyakh deposit in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the northeast of the country and weighed 27.85 carats before it was cut. “If you look at the resource in Russia, Alrosa has unearthed four pink rough diamonds weighing more than two carats in the last 10 years, and two roughs larger than 20 carats,” says Repellin. “Pink diamonds account for less than 0.001% of Alrosa’s production volume.” The purple-pink diamond was found in July 2017 and it took Alrosa’s cutters an entire year to cut it before it could even be polished.
For those who want to get an up-close look at the internally flawless purple-pink gem before the sale, it will be exhibited in Hong Kong (13 to 14 October), Singapore (20 to 21 October), Taipei (27 to 28 October) and Geneva (7 to 10 November). The live auction will take place at 6.30pm CEST at Sotheby’s Geneva.
Previously published on Robb Report.