The Sakura Diamond
The Largest Purple Pink Flawless Diamond To Ever Appear For Sale At Auction (May 2021)
An extraordinary diamond performed a sale of over 29 Million US$ at Christie’s Hong Kong on the 23rd of May 2021.
The spectacular ring set a Flawless Fancy vivid purple-pink cushion mixed-cut diamond of 15.81 carats and half-moon diamonds.
Graded as Type IIq by GIA (report no. 2185691677), the ring had an estimate of
Here the presentation of Christie’s:
Exceptional Rarity: Natural coloured diamonds are among the rarest and most valuable gemstones. In particular, pink colouration in diamonds is caused by the distortion of the molecular lattice which happens at random, making pink diamonds extremely challenging to cut from their rough form.
Enormous Size: As fewer than 10% of pink diamonds weigh more than 1/5 of a carat, this Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond is of an unprecedented size of 15.81 carats, which is the largest of its kind (Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink) to be offered at any auction.
Brilliant Colour: According to GIA, only 4% of pink diamonds possess a colour deep enough to qualify as ‘Fancy Vivid’. This magnificent gem is graded ‘Fancy Vivid’ for its perfect display of strong saturation and remarkable pink hue with a secondary colour of purple, resembling the fascinating colour of cherry blossoms — appropriately coinciding with Spring. ‘Sakura’ is the Japanese word for the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom for a very short period indicating the beginning of spring.
Flawless Clarity: Diamonds are formed deep within the earth’s crust, and the majority of pink diamonds are almost always included. In addition, pink diamonds fall under the rare Type IIa category of diamonds, which make up less than 2% of all gem diamonds. The Sakura Diamond has been graded Internally Flawless, embodying its exceptional rarity and extraordinary optical transparency.