A magnificent diamond solitaire ring
Lot 216
A magnificent diamond solitaire ring
Sold for US$ 3,000,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Fine Jewellery New York
13 Dec 2011 12:00 EST

Auction 19435
A magnificent diamond solitaire ring A magnificent diamond solitaire ring A magnificent diamond solitaire ring
Lot Details
Exceptional Jewels Property from a Private Californian Collection
A magnificent diamond solitaire ring
centering a cut-cornered rectangular-cut diamond, weighing 22.87 carats, with rectangular-cut diamond shoulders and further pavé-set diamond gallery; rectangular-cut diamond side-stones weighing approximately: 1.15 carats each; mounted in platinum; size 5 1/2 (diamond currently unset)


  • Accompanied by GIA report #13032736, dated September 9, 2011, stating the center diamond as: D color, Flawless clarity.

    Further accompanied by a letter from GIA stating the diamond has been determined to be Type IIA.

    This is a diamond of truly exceptional quality.

    By definition, rare is distinctive in its superlative nature; something of unusual quality, merit or appeal. This distinctive stone embodies rarity with every criterion to which a diamond is asked to measure up: color, cut, clarity, and transparency. The extremely rare sum of these characteristics, do indeed make this diamond exceptional.

    In addition to being awarded the highest color grade of D - a grade also known as colorless, exceptional white+ or finest white; this diamond possesses flawless clarity. Flawless clarity requires the full skill, patience and persistence of a master diamond cutter to produce a stone not only devoid of inclusions and blemishes, but also in possession of excellent polish and symmetry.

    As extraordinary as is just the combination of colorless and flawless, this diamond is a member of another elite class of diamond, known simply as type IIa. Because of these stones' lack of readily detectable nitrogen within their chemical makeup, these few diamonds are especially crystalline, exhibiting exceptional transparency. This limpid quality has historically been referred to as 'purity', and is only found in two percent of all diamonds. These are the diamonds that history loves, as reminded to us in a reference in Shakespeare's play Pericles, "The diamonds of a most praised water...", referring to the purity and exceptional transparency of type IIa stones.

    This diamond is an important and noteworthy stone; it combines the merits of D color, Flawless clarity, and type IIa classification, within an exceptional 22.87 carat emerald-cut diamond. There is no doubt that this is a stone that will be recognized by diamond connoisseurs for its exceptional attributes. The purity of crystal, fire, scintillation and brilliance are all so exceptional as to make this diamond exemplary.
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