The 10.57-Carat ‘Eternal Pink’ Diamond Could Fetch $35 Million At Sotheby’s
“The Eternal Pink,” a 10.57-carat internally flawless fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond, will be offered at Sotheby’s New York on June 8. Its estimate is $35 million, which if achieved, would make it one of the most valuable gems ever sold at auction.
Its per-carat estimate of more than $3.3 million is the largest such estimate ever placed on a diamond or gemstone, according to Sotheby’s.
Quig Bruning, head of Sotheby’s Jewelry, Americas, says it’s the most vivid pink diamond to ever to come to market. “This color is the most beautiful and concentrated shade of pink in diamonds that I have ever seen.”
The cushion-shaped diamond will first be on view in Hong Kong April 1 – 7 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Sotheby’s presence in Asia. The gem will then travel to Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, Taiwan and Geneva before being offered as the top lot at Sotheby’s New York Magnificent Jewels auction on June 8.
The 23.78-carat rough which yielded The Eternal Pink was mined by De Beers at the Damtshaa mine in Botswana. Diamond manufacturer, Diacore, took six months to cut and polish the gem into its current color, described as “bubblegum” by the auction house.
“This stunning diamond is the best of the best when it comes to exceptional pink diamonds and it is difficult to overstate its rarity and beauty,” said Wenhao Yu, chairman of Jewellery and Watches at Sotheby’s Asia.
Sotheby’s has had some experience with important pink diamonds. The auction house sold the record-breaking CTF Pink Star, a 59.60-carat oval mixed-cut Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless diamond, sold for $71.2 million—a world auction record for a diamond and any gemstone or jewel—in Hong Kong in April 2017. More recently, Sotheby’s sold the Williamson Pink Star, an 11.15-carat fancy vivid pink internally flawless diamond, for $57.7 million in a single-lot auction at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on October 8, 2022, setting the world record price per carat for any diamond or gemstone at more than $5.1 million.
Colored diamonds continue to demand high prices at auction with exceptional pink and blue diamonds leading the way. It is because of their rarity, according to Sotheby’s. Of all the diamonds submitted to the Gemological Institute of America, fewer than 3% are classified as colored diamonds. Within these colored diamonds, pink is one of the rarest to occur naturally in diamonds. A diamond that is more than 10 carats, with strong color, internally flawless clarity, and classified as a “vivid pink,” the highest grade for a pink diamond is extremely rare.