Pink diamonds have profoundly left their mark on society, not only as a fantastic investment but also, its natural one-of-a-kind beauty. Celebrities have only increased the appeal of a pink diamond’s stigma, adding to the effect of its rarity and value by displaying their expensive tastes on the red carpet.
As more celebrities flaunt pink diamonds, the more curiosity arises surrounding this unique gemstone. For many, it appears to be the new enviable and trendy fad to hit the red carpet but considering diamonds have been around for nearly 4 billion years, a pink diamond’s history goes just as far back as any other diamond does.
In 1643, long before there were cameras and red carpets, the first known pink diamond made its appearance. Originally presented by the King to Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Conde and Commander of the French Army during the Thirty Years War, the pink diamond was then bought by Louis XIII. Weighing in at 9.01 carats, this Conde Pink Diamond currently sits in the Musee de Conde in Chantilly, France.
Also discovered during this era, was a pink diamond called the Darya-i-Nur or, better understood in English, the Sea of Light. It has since been dated back to its discovery in 1642 although it wasn’t known until much later, in 1739. During this time, the invading Persian army took it from India and brought it back to Iran, where it remains today.
What makes the Sea of Light rose-coloured pink diamond so incredible is that it’s the largest pink diamond ever discovered! The carat size has remained debatable over the years, coming in at 175 carats all the way up to 195 carats, since the risk of removing the stone from its brooch setting for the past 130 years has been deemed too great of a risk.
The next most famous pink diamond that came to light was given as a wedding present to Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 by geologist, Dr, John Williamson. The Williamson, as it was later called, was originally a 54 carat piece of rough pink diamond that was cut down to 38.5 carats and gifted in the presence of Queen Mary to then, Princess Elizabeth.
During the next five years, the diamond was trimmed down to its current 23.6 carats in which Queen Elizabeth had a brooch designed after her favourite flower, the daffodil. With such a big stone and her penchant for brooches, this pink diamond was finally placed in the centre of a daffodil flower brooch that the Queen still wears favourably to this very day!
The historical and momentous occasions surrounding pink diamonds have left the though of wearing it seemingly untouchable and better worn by royalty. It wasn’t until 2002, when Ben Affleck gave Jennifer Lopez a pink diamond engagement ring, that the appeal seemed to hit a more realistic target. While their engagement didn’t last, the pink diamond had already left its significant mark towards the new surge in popularity of coloured diamonds.
Soon after the hyped-up engagement made front page news and pictures of the engagement ring covered gossip magazines, other celebrities began following the trend. Mariah Carey was next to take the spotlight wearing her 17 carat pink diamond engagement ring from, now husband, Nick Cannon. Estimated at $2.5 million, the centre stone is an emerald-cut, light pink diamond weighing in at 10 carats and is surrounded by 58 intense pink diamonds which are flanked by two half moon diamonds.
The most recent addition to the pink-diamond-wearing cast includes actress, Portia de Rossi, who was proposed to by TV Host, Ellen Degeneres, with a delicate 3 carat marquise-cut diamond whose band was decorated with pink pave diamonds. Although they’ve since married, Degeneres stole the show, not just for winning awards at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmys in 2008 but by also announcing their new engagement while showing off the amazing engagement ring on the red carpet.
Surrounded by famous faces, royalty and world-record breaking auction prices; it’s only expected that the demand for pink diamonds has shot up. With the Argyle Mine, in Western Australia, being known as the leading source for high quality pink diamonds, it has quickly gained notoriety since it’s opening in 1980.
Knowing that diamonds are millions, if not billions of years old, obviously, natural diamonds aren’t likely to regenerate anytime soon – at least not in this lifetime – which naturally leads to its depletion. This has pushed the pink diamond market into its highest demand yet, making the natural pink diamond more covetable and rarer by celebrities, jewellery collectors and investors than ever before.
If it’s one thing everyone loves about diamonds, it’s the luxury and rarity that it has to offer. Whether given as a gift or worn by royalty and celebrities, it definitely makes the owner feel exactly what a pink diamond is all about: Exclusively and luxuriously extravagant!