“Associated with the Queen.” Rare pink diamond sold for a record $58 million (photo)

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The 11.15 carat Williamson Pink Star was named after another pink diamond given to Queen Elizabeth II for her wedding. The lot was sold to an unknown buyer at Sotheby's in Hong Kong.

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An extremely rare Williamson Pink Star diamond was sold at Sotheby's in Hong Kong for $57.7 million. The stone's name refers to another piece of jewelry given to the late Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain for her wedding, which likely helped double the original price of the lot. The Guardian writes.

The stone has set the world record for the highest price per carat for a diamond sold at auction.


“This is an astounding result given the tempting relationship with Queen Elizabeth, the rising price of pink diamonds due to their growing rarity and the backdrop of an unstable global economy,” said Tobias Cormind, managing director of London-based jewelry store 77 Diamonds.

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According to the publication, the cushion-shaped diamond is named after two other large pink diamonds: a 59.60-carat oval Pink Star mixed-cut diamond that sold at auction in 2017 for $71.2 million, and a stone weighing 23.60 carat, presented to the Queen by Canadian geologist and ardent admirer of the royal family, John Toburn Williamson, in 1947.

Designed in 1953 by Frederick Mew of Cartier, the flower brooch was a favorite of the late Queen – she wore the brooch many times during his reign, including the silver jubilee, was celebrated in the media.

Pink diamonds are especially rare among colored diamonds, and no one knows exactly how they become pink geologically, the publication says.

“Diamonds get their color from trace elements. Rather, the crystal structure of the stone selectively absorbs light as a result of an idiosyncratic lattice defect, which leads to an unusual arrangement of atoms in the crystal.” South Africa is demanding the return of the 500-carat Cullinan I diamond to the royal family.