The "Pink Legacy", a diamond weighing barely 19 karat, retrieved a $ 50 million record, purchased by US based luxury…
The “Pink Legacy”, a diamond weighing barely 19 karat, retrieved a $ 50 million record, purchased by US based luxury jewelry warden Harry Winston, Christie said on Tuesday.
Harry Winston Jeweler – Owned by Swatch, CEO is Nayla Hayek, daughter of late Swatch founder Nicolas Hayek – immediately renamed “The Winston Pink Legacy” and adds it to his collection of rare jewels, said auction house.
Half-year-old jewelry sales were $ 110 million, with 86 percent of the parties finding new owners, including 11 who took over $ 1 million, Francois Curiel, chairman of Christie’s luxury group told reporters.
“The Pink Legacy took this extremely high price of $ 50 million, so $ 2.6 million per carat, which is a world record price for a pink diamond,” says Curiel, who is also a jewel expert. “This stone for me is Leonardo Da Vinci of diamonds, I do not think there is anything better.”
Graded “lively”, highest grade for a pink diamond color, the pearl is internally clean with rectangular shear, and mounted on a platinum ring.
Once owned by the Oppenheimer family, which built De Beers in the world’s largest diamond dealer, the diamond had an estimated 30 to 50 million dollars before the sale. The seller’s identity was not disclosed.
Live colored diamonds are the strongest saturated precious stones that show the stone’s optimal color tone. Most pink diamonds of this color weigh less than a carat, said the auction house.
There were at least five people invited by phone for the pink stone, but the winning bidder was a Harry Winston representative who sat in the front row, Curiel said.
An important Asian collector was the direct undercutting contractor, Rahul Kadakia, international chief of jewelry at Christie’s told reporters.
“The stone will now be known as the Pink Legacy Diamond, which Mrs Hayek is proud to own. In 201
3, they made their first major purchase after Winston’s acquisition, which was the 101-carat” D “flawless diamond, which they named Winston Legacy. With that stone, they started the Legacy Collection, “he said.