Property of an Important Philadelphia Collector
'THE MAJESTIC PINK' FANCY COLORED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND BRACELET, MOUNTED BY CARVIN FRENCH | 彩色鑽石配鑽石手鏈，Carvin French
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Property of an Important Philadelphia Collector
'THE MAJESTIC PINK' FANCY COLORED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND BRACELET, MOUNTED BY CARVIN FRENCH
Designed as a highly flexible band of 204 radiant and marquise-shaped diamonds of various Fancy Pink and Red hues weighing a total of approximately 43.34 carats, between lines of similarly-cut near colorless diamonds, length 6¾ inches, with maker's mark for Carvin French.
Accompanied by a GIA Monograph and 204 GIA reports stating that the diamonds weighing from 0.10 to 0.47 carat, range from Fancy to Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep and Fancy Vivid, and in color from Pink to Purplish Pink, Purple Pink, to Red and Purplish Red.
Additionally accompanied by 35 GIA Diamond Dossiers dated from April 17, 2007 to March 12, 2013 stating that the near colorless diamonds are D-G color, Internally Flawless, VS2 clarity.
In excellent condition. Stamped 750 for 18 karat gold. The 204 colored diamonds ranging from 0.10 to 0.47 carat, weighing a total of approximately 43.34 carats, range in tone from Fancy to Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep and Fancy Vivid, and in color from Pink to Purplish Pink, Purple Pink, to Red and Purplish Red. The near colorless diamonds weighing a total of approximately 17.75 carats, approximately F-G color, VVS-VS clarity. Band width tapers from approximately 1⅜ to 1⅛ inches. Clasp closes securely. Exceptionally flexible and articulated in all directions. Accompanied by a GIA Monograph and 204 GIA reports stating that the diamonds weighing from 0.10 to 0.47 carat, range from Fancy to Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep and Fancy Vivid, and in color from Pink to Purplish Pink, Purple Pink, to Red and Purplish Red. Additionally accompanied by 35 GIA Diamond Dossiers dated from April 17, 2007 to March 12, 2013 stating that the near colorless diamonds are D-G color, IF-VS2 clarity. A full breakdown, as well as individual copies of the GIA certificates, available upon request.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Throughout the history of gemstone mining, only a small handful of mines have become synonymous with a specific kind of stone. The legendary diamond mines of the Golconda region, known for exceptionally pure white diamonds; the historic and short-lived Kashmir mines, famed for their velvety sapphires; the Mogok mines of Burma, renowned for pigeon-blood rubies; and the Muzo mines of Colombia, whose output became the gold-standard for emeralds. To that list, one can add the Argyle mine of Australia, source of some of the greatest pink and, on very rare occasions, red diamonds in the world. This one mine produces over 90% of the world’s supply of those gems, and it is set to close by 2020.
Located in a remote region of Western Australia, the Argyle mine uncovers an average of over 8 million carats of rough diamonds per year. The vast majority of that output, however, is in colors other than pink. In fact, less than 1% of their total rough output consists of pink diamonds. Of that limited output, an even more exclusive group is offered in their annual Argyle Pink Diamond Tender. For every 1 million carats of rough pink diamonds unearthed at the mine, only 1 carat of polished material will be offered at this exclusive event.
On a macro level, diamonds are exceptionally rare. They’re found only in the most remote parts of the world, deep underground, and their rarity has rightly made them the pre-eminent and most desired gemstone. In this rare fraternity, pink diamonds are among the most elusive and sought-after, comprising an infinitesimally small percentage of all diamonds. Accordingly, this bracelet is at once a beautiful jewel, crafted by the New York-based jewelers, Carvin French, and an exceptional testament to a natural treasure. With over 200 diamonds, ranging in color from Intense Pink to Red, it represents the best the Argyle mine has to offer. Coinciding with the imminent closure of the Argyle mine, the auctioning of this bracelet represents an opportunity, soon to disappear, to acquire these iconic diamonds.