A piece of history was uncovered at a recent Sotheby’s sale when an 8.72-carat pink diamond ring went under the hammer. This beautiful and historic piece had resurfaced after sitting in a bank vault since the 1940s.
Believed to be part of a collection once owned by Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, the ring with a vibrant cushion-cut pink diamond, sold at auction for $15.9 million. The diamond is considered prized for its cut, a classic, non-modified version of the cushion.
And what a fascinating story for history enthusiasts!
Princess Mathilde was the niece of Napoléon I and a relative of both King George II and the Tsar of Russia. During her lifetime she amassed a collection of pearls, diamonds and other jewellery, considered second only to the collection of Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoléon III.
Mathilde died in 1904 and the pink diamond was believed to have been amongst her jewels that were auctioned in Paris the same year. Its journey continued across the Atlantic when William Andrews Clark - a US senator, industrialist and entrepreneur – acquired it. He died in 1925, leaving the stone to one of his daughters, Hugette Marcelle Clark, who died in 2011.
Our jewellery collection might not boast such historic eminence (well not yet anyway) but we have some beautiful coloured gemstone rings. Take a look here.
What makes a diamond pink?
Natural coloured diamonds are created in in the same way as the more ‘traditional’ white or colourless stones – but with one key difference. During the crystallisation process from which diamonds are formed, foreign particles are trapped, altering the chemical process and giving the stones some unique colourings. Only about one in 10,000 diamonds are ‘natural coloured diamonds’ so they are pretty rare.
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