Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Pink Star

A beautiful diamond

The world’s most expensive diamond just sold in auction for $83 million. It is a beautiful pink diamond and it appears to be set in a ring. Not sure if anyone will wear it other than the model that stood on stage during the auction, but wouldn’t it be grand to have it on your finger, even for a minute. I thought this would be wonderful, at least until security took me away.

Lovely color

Apparently it took only five minutes for the auction to be decided and of course no one is talking about who won the bid. I’ve seen pictures and it is a beautiful slightly lavender colored oval diamond that is 59.60 carats. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), it’s the biggest diamond in its class ever graded; the next one down is half its size. The diamond measures 2.69 by 2.06 centimeters and weighs 11.92 grams. It’s quite the rock.

 A very lucky girl wearing that diamond

Its beauty doesn’t end there, other than being tops in clarity and color it also falls into a subgroup of rare diamond crystal purity. Only about two percent of the graded diamonds fall into this subgroup of optical transparency. So it’s shiny and it’s clear. It is truly amazing and the size and color made me stare in awe. I know it won’t go into a museum where everyone can enjoy it, but we can always hope it will be on display somewhere. I would love to see this amazing diamond in person.

The smile on her face says it all

Like anything totally rare and unique this diamond started out as a rough diamond that was 132.5 carats. It took two years to cut and polish it into the perfect oval by Steinmetz Diamonds. It was discovered in a De Beers mine in 1999 and was shown to the public in 2003 as the “Steinmetz Pink.” I like the title of the “Pink Star” better; it has a more classic ring. Any way you slice it, it’s one amazing diamond.

PS: Tiny update, the diamond has already been renamed "Pink Dream."

Incredibly huge

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