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Historic pinks

The pink is the queen of diamonds and has imbued the ages with a luminous beauty that evokes the divine and magnificent.

For centuries pink diamonds have been regarded as some of the world’s most sought-after gems and their regal allure has seen them treated as literal jewels in the crown.

The Agra diamond was given to the feared Mughal Emperor Babur in exchange for him sparing the lives of the conquered family of Agra; the Nurul Ain was set by Harry Winston into Empress Farah’s wedding tiara; the Dary-I-Noor is found in the Iranian Crown Jewels; the Condé Pink diamond was once a gift of Louis XIII that now calls the Château de Chantilly home; and the Queen of Brunei has a contemporary tiara made entirely of pink diamonds. And of course much has been written on the Williamson Pink that was gifted to HRH Queen Elizabeth II upon her marriage in 1947, to be later transformed into a famed brooch by Cartier.

In more recent times intense bidding among discerning international collectors has created modern-day legends like the Graff Pink. Beyond the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, the world’s leading auction houses have provided some of the watershed moments in the history of pink diamond sales. The Graff Pink maintains its premier position as the most expensive gem ever sold at auction. The 24.78 carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond was sold in 2010 at Sotheby’s in Geneva for US$46 million.

Since 2010, declared the year of coloured diamonds by Christie’s, the record-breaking activity for pink diamonds at auction continued to surpass expectations.

The highlight of the 2014 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender was the Argyle Cardinal ™, a signature stone that led the charge of a record four rare GIA graded Fancy Red diamonds and will be talked about for years to come. The 1.21 carat Fancy Red diamond is one of the largest Fancy Red diamonds ever produced from the Argyle Diamond Mine. Incomparable colour and clarity were also key to its impact at the landmark 30-year anniversary tender.