Nowadays, much more sought after than a decade ago, the pink diamond has indeed become the object of all desires. Why such an interest ? The answer comes down to one name: Ben Afleck! And yes, by offering in 2002 an engagement ring set with a diamond to conquer Jennifer Lopez, the popularity of this stone atypical color has risen considerably. So we decided to show you everything you need to know about this gem. A complete overview of the pink diamond that tempts you? It’s this way !
PINK DIAMOND, BUT WHY THIS COLOR?
It seemed interesting to begin by first explaining the origin of this color: indeed why a pink diamond is pink? Well, you know, we do not really know it. And no, scientists are not yet able to explain with certainty why pink diamonds … are pink.
But they know why the blue diamond is blue. This is because of the Bore atoms present in its atomic structure. But for the pink diamond it is not so easy. They imagine that the pink color results from the constraints imposed on its structure during the formation of the crystal.
Specifically, it would be extremely high temperatures and pressure during its formation that would lead to plastic deformations in the carbon crystal. These deformations then engender the absorption of a certain type of wavelength which will consequently influence the color of the light transmitted by the diamond. And so give this incomparable pink color.
Such conditions are therefore exceptional which therefore explains the extreme rarity of this type of diamond. The pure pink color is also very rare, often shades of other colors such as purple, brown, gray, purple, orange, orange-brown and purple-brown appear.
Finally noted that there are also pink diamonds treated, that is to say, the pink color is intensified artificially. When this treatment takes place, it must be specified on the expert’s report. The advantage: the price. This type of pink diamond is much cheaper.
THE PINK DIAMOND, A PARTICULARLY RARE DIAMOND
If quality diamonds do not run the streets, after the red diamond (of which there are only 20 certified copies) the pink diamond is undoubtedly the one that is the hardest to meet … The pink diamonds are indeed the rarest diamonds of all diamonds, all types combined. To give you an idea, it is estimated that a diamond extract of 100,000 can be classified pink.
And among the stones that obtain this distinction, a tiny proportion will obtain the classification “Fancy Intense” or the classification “Fancy Vivid”, a distinction which corresponds to a very high purity.
To these two characteristics, which are already particularly rare, the color and quality of the latter, a pink diamond greater than 1 carat becomes by definition extremely difficult to find. So those who make more than 10 carats are downright non-existent or almost even in the most prestigious auction rooms like Christies’s or Sotheby’s. We also understand why the price of these stones is also impressive.
The big pink diamond is therefore a diamond of extreme rarity. There are only a few known examples today. Exceptional pink diamonds that have gone down in history, at different levels. Let us introduce them.
THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS PINK DIAMONDS
The “Daria-i-Noor“, also known as “Darya-ye Noorqui”, meaning “sea of lights” in Persian, is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing about 182 carats. It is part of the “Noor-ul-Ain” (“Light of the Eye”) of the jewels of the Iranian crown. This more modest still weighs 12 carats. It is assumed that these two majestic stones actually come from one and the same pink diamond: the diamond of the “Great Table” named by the French jeweler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier who would have admired him on the throne of the Mughal emperor The Noor-ul-Ain in 1642. The huge pink diamond that would have been extracted from the Vijayanagara mine in India was then looted by the powerful Iranian leader Nadar Shah during the invasion of that country. He would have finally disappeared,
THE PINK DIAMOND HORTENSIA
This pink diamond also comes from the mythical Golconde mines in India. It is a pink pentagonal diamond. It weighs 21.32 carats. It was the king Louis XIV who bought it in 1643 and kept it until 1715. This historic orange-pink diamond takes its name from Hortense de Beauharnais, queen of Holland who would have worn it in buttonhole. It will finally be the Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III who will wear it for the last time in 1856.
As part of the jewels of the Crown of France, it is currently exhibited in the Apollo Gallery of the Louvre Museum.
WILLIAMSON PINK DIAMOND
This diamond was discovered in 1947 in Tanzania by the Canadian geologist John Williamson who gave it his name. The 54.5 carat raw stone, cut in London by Briefel, Lemer and Frederick Mew of Cartier (23.6 carats) is set with a daffodil. The pink diamond was offered in its raw form the same year as its discovery to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip to celebrate their wedding in November.
THE PINK STAR
Previously known as Steinmetz Pink, the Pink Star since Pink Dream is the world’s largest pink diamond rated Hot Pink Fantasy. It was extracted in 1999 by De Beers in one of these mines in South Africa. This pink diamond weighed in the rough 132.5 carats! After 20 months of work, it is a jewel of 59.60 carats which is finally presented to the public in Monaco in 2003. This exceptional pink diamond also holds the price record, all categories of precious stones combined. The Pink Dream will be auctioned in 2017 in Honk Kong for a whopping $ 70.2 million.
There are other remarkable pink diamonds such as the Pink Legacy (18.96 carats, sold over € 44.3 million in 2018, record price per carat), the Graff Vivid Pink (24.78 carats, 38.7 million €, appeared in 1950, of which almost nothing is known), The Princie Diamond (34.65 carats, € 33 million, Golconde) or the Pink Diamond History which belonged to Princess Mathilde, the niece of Napoleon I (8, 72 carats, Golconde)
WHERE DO THE PINK DIAMONDS COME FROM
You’ve understood now, a pink diamond is a rare diamond! But as rare as it is, it must come from somewhere! So where are the pink diamonds extracted today, in the past?
In the past, the pink diamond was first and foremost extracted from Golconda in India. Many famous diamonds come from this region. India has been the main diamond producer for centuries. Some pink diamonds are then extracted from other mines present in Brazil, Russia, Tanzania or South Africa.
Today, however, the vast majority (90%) of these exceptional stones come from the “Argyle Mine” mine located in Australia and owned by Rio Tinto.
ANOTHER PECULIARITY OF THE PINK DIAMOND
The pink diamond presents another peculiarity which is however only rarely put forward. He is particularly hard. Indeed, certainly because of its extreme formation process from which its atypical color results, the pink diamond also shows extreme hardness.
It is thus much more difficult to work a “conventional” white diamond than a pink diamond. For example, it is estimated that it takes an average of three to four times longer to polish a pink diamond than other diamonds.
THE PINK DIAMOND OR HOW TO DIVERSIFY YOUR INVESTMENT
And yes, invest in the diamond as investment property, not so long ago you would have laughed at the nose. And yet today the investment diamond is a reality. Of course, these are not the scams you may have seen the ads on the net that we are talking about. We are here mainly referring to large investors but also to the upper middle class. The diamond is “democratized” …
These multi millionaires now consider diamonds and even more colored diamonds as an alternative and lucrative investment but also a stable investment. Indeed, a pink diamond is a tangible investment and has the advantage of being shown! And yes the ostentatious effect inevitably, it also interests them … It must indeed be known that since 2002 and the famous statement of Ben to Jennifer, the average price per carat pink diamond has increased from $ 13,000 to $ 78,000, thanks WHO ? This translates into a growth of 20% per year and a demand that continues to grow as well. The demand would have increased by 157.4% from 2006 to 2014. But in reality it is China and Hong Kong that consume 40% of the global demand for diamonds in the world.
The pink diamond, a feminine stone par excellence, is therefore more and more popular with celebrities, investors and even individuals. Diamonds pink sizes of course much more modest are in fact more and more often offered by these gentlemen for these ladies. Engagement gift that would eventually seduce them … for eternity obviously.