The largest purple-pink diamond ever auctioned has recently sold for a whopping $26.6 million USD in Switzerland. Dubbed “The Spirit of the Rose,” it’s an extremely rare Russian diamond that’s 14.8 carats — 99 percent of pink diamonds are under 10 carats.
It’s the size and flawless internal structure of the jewel that commanded such a price. Sotheby’s auctioned it in Geneva as one of three in a collection by Russian mining company Alrosa. The oval-shaped stone was cut from “Nijinsky,” a 27.85-carat rough diamond discovered back in 2017 from the Ebelyakh mine in northeast Russia — named after the Russian-Polish ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. While $26.6 million USD seems like a hefty price, the current record for the most expensive pink diamond ever sold is held by CTF Pink Star, which sold a 59-carat diamond for $71 million USD at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in 2017. The name of the new owner of “The Spirit of the Rose” remains undisclosed to the public.