Tuesday, April 3, 2012

10 carat pink diamond

One of the world’s largest pink diamonds is coming to Edmonton, says Birks.

The jewelry retail chain said it will showcase a 10-carat Fancy Light Purplish Pink radiant cut stone at its Edmonton Manulife store April 13-17.

Birks says the diamond, cut from a rare rough stone of 21.35 carats found in a South African mine, is one of the largest pink diamonds ever mined. That makes it bigger than Australia’s largest rough pink diamond weighing 12.76 carats, unearthed at Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine.

Pink diamonds are considered among the most valuable jewels and were glamorized in the Pink Panther movies.

A contributor to Forbes.com reported that the stone is owned by a private collector and priced at $2.5 million.

It was so big it took 3-1/2 months to cut and polish and it is now set on a platinum ring.

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