A fancy-coloured diamond and diamond brooch
Lot 122Ω
A fancy-coloured diamond and diamond brooch
£200,000 - 300,000
US$ 270,000 - 400,000

Fine Jewellery

7 Dec 2017, 12:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
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A fancy-coloured diamond and diamond brooch
The three Fancy Vivid Yellow step-cut diamonds, weighing 5.29, 3.11 and 2.37 carats, set within a foliate spray, with brilliant and single-cut diamond highlights, remaining diamonds approxiamately 3.10 carats total, width 6.0cm

Footnotes

  • Accompanied by a report from GIA stating that the diamond weighing 5.29 carats is Fancy Vivid Yellow, natural colour, VS1 clarity. Report number 6187293461, dated 10 April 2017.

    Accompanied by a report from GIA stating that the diamond weighing 3.11 carats is Fancy Vivid Yellow, natural colour, VVS2 clarity. Report number 5182293968, dated 10 April 2017.

    Accompanied by a report from GIA stating that the diamond weighing 2.37 carats is Fancy Vivid Yellow, natural colour, VVS1 clarity. Report number 6187293932, dated 10 April 2017.

    Provenance
    The Cullinan Family

    These five fancy-vivid yellow diamonds have been owned by the Cullinan Family since 1940 when they were acquired by R. V. Cullinan, son of the famous South African diamond magnate Sir Thomas Cullinan.

    Sir Thomas Cullinan was an influential building contractor who, in 1903, bought a farm east of Pretoria with the anticipation of discovering a pocket of diamond-bearing ground. Cullinan started the Premier Mine on his land and two years later, in 1905, a rough diamond was found nine metres down and protruding from the sidewall of the pit measuring an enormous 3,106.75 carats. The Cullinan Diamond was established as the greatest diamond ever found. The jewel was named after the mine's owner and sold to the South African government who presented it to King Edward VII. This, the largest diamond the world has ever known, was cut into nine major stones and approximately 96 smaller diamonds. Today the Premier Mine has been renamed the Cullinan Mine as has the nearby town, Cullinan, in recognition of their former owner.

    The Cullinan family later diversified their business operations but kept strong ties with the diamond industry. The present owner's father-in-law, R.V. Cullinan, second son of Sir Thomas Cullinan, asked a close friend of his, General Pierre De Villiers, a director of De Beers, to buy him some diamonds on his next visit to Kimberley. On the train, back from the De Beers mine at Kimberley, while sitting in the dining carriage with some of the other directors, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer asked General De Villiers "What have you got this time?" The General retrieved a packet from his pocket and proudly showed Sir Ernest, who replied "I can do better than that" and showed the General a set of yellow diamonds. A deal was struck. The diamonds were then purchased by the General, who kept half and the other half were given to R.V. Cullinan. These are the diamonds offered here.

    The fancy yellow colour in diamonds is caused by the presence of nitrogen atoms within their crystal structure. One in approximately 16,500 carats of all diamonds mined is of fancy yellow colour. Fancy Vivid Yellow diamonds are some of the rarest, the best examples prized for their extraordinary vibrant tone and sun-like hue.

    These two lots present a rare opportunity to acquire a set of Fancy Vivid Yellow diamonds, exceptionally well-matched in colour and with provenance that is steeped in the history of diamonds itself.
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