The 34.64 ct. diamond can be traced back to the ancient diamond mines of Golconda in south central India. It was named after the Prince of Baroda. It is expected to fetch between $30 million and $40 million.
Other highlights of the sale include a three-strand natural pearl necklace, valued at $1 million–$1.5 million, and a 23.30 ct. Harry Winston diamond ring, valued at $2.5 million-$3.5 million.
“One of the largest and finest pink diamonds in the world, the Princie Diamond carries a fabulous provenance, which brings together the legendary names of Golconda, Nizam of Hyderabad, and the Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda,” François Curiel, chairman of Christie’s jewelry department, said in a statement. “This rich history, combined with its rare pink hue, conveys a special charm, which will speak to all collectors in the world seeking the best of the best in gemstones.”
It is nice to see a more accurate photo of a pink diamond. Often the photos online or in print are color enhance so the pink diamond looks more like a pink sapphire. As a result most consumers are greatly disappointed when they see a real pink diamond in person. This is especially the case for Faint Pink or Fancy Faint Pink, where it is difficult to see any pink color at all.