Harry Winston set to sell 'one of the world's greatest pink diamonds' as the
18.96ct diamond hits the market again. Feeling flush?
In 2018, over 30,000 people flocked to see the stone during pre-sale previews in London, Hong Kong and New York, before it sold in Geneva for £40m ($56m), a world record price-per-carat for a pink diamond.
The winning bid came from Harry Winston, the American jewellery house that built its reputation on its founder’s penchant for exceptional stones. It was promptly renamed the Winston Pink Legacy. Aside from its rarity, the stone had special significance for the brand: its size corresponded to its founder’s birthday, 1st March, 1896.
Now, to mark 125 years since its founder was born, the Winston Pink Legacy is once again seeking a new home. The jewellery house has remounted the diamond, replacing the original platinum claws with 18kt pink gold double claws, all the better to complement its rosy hue. It is set on a platinum band, flanked by the same two shield-cut diamonds weighing 3.55 carats that it was originally paired with.
The ring’s price is on application, but expect it to have soared in the two-and-a-bit years since the Christie’s auction - not only due to the stone’s illustrious heritage (prior to being bought by Harry Winston, the Pink Legacy belonged to the billionaire Oppenheimer family, which used to own De Beers), but because of the increasing rarity and desirability of pink diamonds; let alone stones of this size.
Got $100m or more to splurge? Give Christie's a call....