Collector's Corner

A Class of its Own: the Ronald Abram 7.34 carat Pink Diamond

A Class of its Own: the Ronald Abram 7.34 carat Pink Diamond

At Ronald Abram we’ve long had a fascination with rare fancy coloured diamonds and over the decades have been fortunate to handle some of the world's most coveted stones. Among them, the highly prized 7.34 carat, emerald cut, fancy vivid purplish-pink, internally flawless diamond. Considered to be one of the most historically significant pink diamonds, its provenance and characteristics are as impressive as they are intriguing.

Discovered in the famed Golconda mines of India, this pink diamond was cut more than 300 years ago and has never been modified from its original shape. What’s more, this diamond is also a desirable Type IIa, a characteristic reserved for the most chemically pure diamonds.

Golconda mines of India

Golconda mines of India

At 7.34 carats, a highly saturated pink diamond of this size is remarkable. To find a high quality pink diamond larger than two carats is virtually impossible, making the Ronald Abram pink diamond an even more significant collector’s piece.

This is one of the most important pink diamonds in the world. It's truly a museum-calibre coloured diamond.
Stephen Hofer, renowned gemmologist

During the early 20th century, it was a part of the collection of the Maharajah of Nawanagar, who was considered the most prolific jewellery collector of his time.

Maharajah of Nawanagar

Since then, it has travelled through the hands of some the preeminent collectors of that era.

Renowned gemmologist, Stephen Hofer writes, ‘This is one of the most important pink diamonds in the world. It's truly a museum-calibre coloured diamond.’ Such is the quality of this diamond, Hofer says, ‘experienced diamond connoisseurs refer to such unique vivid pinks as having a ‘super-gem’ vivid purplish pink colour.

This apparent colour strength, along with the seven-carat size and internally flawless clarity, places this gem in a class by itself.’

Historically, the Golconda region has been the source of the world’s most renowned diamonds such as the famed rose-hued Agra Diamond and the magnificent blue Hope Diamond, which are both housed in important museum collections. As the Golconda mines have long since been exhausted, diamonds of this provenance have become increasingly rare and sought after.

The Hope Diamond

Today, there are other active sources of pink diamonds; such as in Australia, Africa and Brazil. The Argyle mine in Australia, the main source of the world’s pink diamonds, has recently been depleted, meaning these stones are only becoming more valuable. To put their rarity into context, so few of these pink wonders are available, you could fit the mine’s entire annual yield of premium quality pink stones into the palm of your hand. But while these diamonds are highly sought after, they don't have the same cachet as those from the fabled Golconda mines.

Golconda map

At Ronald Abram, we continue to seek out the impossible and share with our clients the magic of these enigmatic stones.

Finding these treasures has been achieved by following the simple rule that lies at the heart of our business; passion and patience. It’s a wisdom imparted by our founder, Ronald Abram who learned this from his own father before him. "What we’re looking for is rare and it takes time to find the perfect stones, yet we’re prepared to wait."

Our experience is our family treasure, a treasure to be shared with those who appreciate rare jewels, worthy of collection.