Just the other week at a Sotheby’s auction, a diamond of incredible beauty sold for such a staggering amount of money that it got me thinking about diamonds and why we hold them to be so valuable.
Mankind has always collected baubles of a rare or beautiful nature. From the very first cowry shell beads, to the luminescent pearls of the Renaissance right up to our own love affair with diamonds. My first inkling that diamonds were to be coveted came as a teenager when I saw "Breakfast at Tiffany’s". I came away intrigued with jewels and diamonds in particular. For so long, diamonds were tied to royalty and celebrity, they represented the elite of society and a life beyond our grasp, but for most of history they were dull, barely faceted lumps of crystal. Only with modern advancements in gem cutting have these nuggets transformed into brilliant and extraordinary stones. They have become symbols of true love yes, but I imagine they represent our own potential, and that locked deep within, we too have the ability to shine, to mesmerize and to be valued above all others.
So here it is, the Pink Star diamond by Steinmetz Diamonds is the most expensive diamond ever to be sold at auction - $83.2 million!
This stunning, internally flawless pink diamond weighing almost 60 carats took two years to be cut from a rough stone.
This 273.85 carat flawless, colourless diamond was cut to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the De Beers company and is worth over $100,000,000.
Perhaps the most famous diamond on our list of five is the Hope Diamond. Weighing 45.52 carats and estimated at $350,000,000 the Hope Diamond owes it's grey-blue colour to traces of boron within it.
Here are just two lesser stones of the nine cut from the Cullinan Diamond, a stone that originally weighed over 3100 carats (that's 1 and 1/3 pounds of solid diamond!!!). The largest is a 530.2 carat pear shaped stone set in the British Royal Sceptre called "The Star of Africa".
And finally, the historical Koh-i-noor, meaning "mountain of light" in Farsi, is considered to be priceless. This 105 carat gem is also part of the British Crown Jewels.
It's unlikely the goldsmiths at Made You Look will get to design a setting for one of these diamonds but they would be honoured to design a setting for yours. If you are interested in a custom diamond engagement ring or any custom piece for that matter, we invite you to visit our designers online or in our Toronto studio on Queen Street West.