A picture taken on November 6, 2020 in Geneva shows the The Spirit of the Rose a rare 14.83 carats vivid purple pink diamond during a press preview ahead of sales by Sotheby's auction house. - The exceptional ball-sized pink gem, shaped from the largest rough pink diamond ever discovered in Russia, will be offered in Geneva on 11 November by Sotheby's, which estimates it at between 23 and 38 million dollars. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
Rare Russian pink diamond sells for $27 million
Agence France-Presse / 05:33 PM November 12, 2020
Geneva, Switzerland|AFP|Wednesday 11/12/2020 – 06:11 UTC+8|241 words
A rare pink diamond derived from the biggest raw stone of the colour ever found in Russia was sold for $26.6 million on Wednesday at Sotheby’s in Geneva.
Dubbed “The Spirit of the Rose”, the 14.83-carat stone’s final sale price including commission set a world record for a purple-pink diamond.
It took just a few minutes for the bids to reach 21 million Swiss francs after the marble-sized stone came up in an online auction, with the final buyer remaining anonymous.
Sotheby’s auctioneer Benoit Repellin called the diamond a “wonder of nature” and added that prices for the pink gems are going up as they become increasingly rare.
The “Spirit of the Rose” was faceted from a 27.85-carat stone found in 2017 by diamond mining firm Alrosa in Russia’s Sakha republic in northeast Siberia.
It took around a year of painstaking work to cut the finished diamond to shape while preserving its pink color.
Pink diamonds are the rarest of the precious gems and the most in-demand on the global market.
The world record for a pink diamond dates back to 2017 when a stone known as the CTF Star Pink was sold in Hong Kong for $71.2 million.
Five of the 10 most expensive diamonds ever sold have been pink, Sotheby’s said, with all sold within the past decade.
Just this month, the biggest pink diamond mine in the world stopped production, as Australia’s Argyle deposit that accounted for more than 90 percent of global supply was exhausted.