Lot 378
  • 378

Very important fancy intense pink diamond

12,545,000 - 18,060,000 CHF
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  • Diamonds, platinum
The pear-shaped fancy intense pink diamond of fine colour weighing 16.00 carats, mounted as an earring with a pear-shaped and a brilliant-cut diamond, post fitting.

Catalogue Note

“Certainly, the occurrence of any gem-quality diamond is rare, but the discovery of a pink diamond is exceedingly unusual. Of all diamonds annually submitted to GIA, no more than 3% are classified as coloured diamonds; less than 5% of those coloured diamonds are predominantly pink”, according to the Gemmological Institute of America.


'The Artemis Pink' has been determined as type IIa.

“According to the GIA Laboratory, the 16.00 carat Pear Modified Brilliant diamond has been determined to be a type IIa diamond. Type IIa diamonds are the most chemically pure type of diamond and often have exceptional optical transparency. Type IIa diamonds were first identified as originating from India (particularly from the Golconda region) but have since been recovered in all major diamond-producing regions of the world”.

Excerpt from the Type IIa classification letter

On 4 April 2017, Sotheby’s Hong Kong sold the ‘Pink Star’, a magnificent Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless diamond weighing an outstanding weight of 59.60 carats, for a record price for any diamond, any gemstone and any jewel at US$ 71.2 million.

The current record price ever paid at auction for a fancy intense pink diamond is ‘The Graff Pink’, a superb 24.76 carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond, which sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2010 for US$46.16 million.