Saturday, 11 September 2021

“The Sakura” - $29.3 m

In May 2021 a purple-pink diamond set a new record as the largest ever to be auctioned, selling for $29.3m. “The Sakura,” Japanese for cherry blossom, is a 15.8-carat purple-pink diamond set on a platinum and gold ring. It was cut from a 27.8 carat rough, discovered in Yakutia, northeast Russia in 2017. “The Sakura” beat a previous record set by “The Spirit of the Rose,” a 14.8-carat purple-pink diamond that sold for over $27m.
In 2018 Almazy Anabara, a subsidiary of Russian mining company Alrosa, unearthed the pink rough diamond weighing 27.85 carats in its Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) deposits. In the past eight years, Alrosa has found just three pink diamonds weighing over 2 carats, and the largest pink rough diamond the company had ever previously unearthed weighed 3.86 cts.