The Pink Star is regarded as the most magnificent and largest flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond in existence, it is without equal. This exceptional diamond was discovered in Botswana in 1999 as a huge 312.5-carat rough; it took 20 months to cut into the exquisite nearly 60-carat oval diamond it is today. The actual carat weight of The Pink Star is 59.60-carat.
In 2017 The Pink Star went up for auction and was purchased by Chow Tai Fook, one of the most important diamantaires in the world and rechristened 'The Chow Tai Fook Pink Star'.
We photographed The Pink Star in 2011.
THE CULLINAN HERITAGE DIAMOND
On the 24th September 2009, South Africa's historic Cullinan mine once again hit the headlines when an extraordinary rough diamond weighing 507-carats was recovered. This spectacular stone was named The Cullinan Heritage to honour the location which has produced some of the world's most famous and important diamonds.
The stone went on to be auctioned in 2010 and the winning bidder was Chow Tai Fook. From this exceptional rough came 24 exquisite cut and polished stones. Included in this collection is the fabulous Cullinan Heritage Diamond, which when finally finished in 2014 weighed 104-carat and still holds the record for the largest and most flawless brilliant cut diamond in the world. We shot this magnificent stone in 2011 and again 2014. It is difficult to emphasize enough just how important and exceptionally rare a stone such as this is.
Extract from 'Dreams Of Diamonds' Magnum Opus