Famous Orange Diamonds
The Pumpkin Diamond 5.54 carat
This Cushion cut 5.54 carat diamond was graded as Fancy Vivid Orange by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This comparatively small diamond in fact is one of the largest Fancy Vivid Oranges the GIA reports ever graded.The Pumpkin Diamond comes from the Central African Republic mine and then imported into South Africa and later put to auction at Sotheby's. It is currently estimated to be valued at $3 million.
The diamond was named "The Pumpkin Diamond" as it was sold out the day before Halloween. The diamond was set in a ring between two smaller white diamonds.
While it is difficult to tell exactly what status the Pumpkin Diamond currently enjoys, the official GIA web site reports it as "one of the largest Fancy Vivid orange natural color diamonds in the world." The Color Diamond Encyclopedia, on the other hand, terms it "the world's largest fancy vivid orange diamond."
The Pumpkin Diamond was displayed as part of the Smithsonian's "The Splendor of Diamonds" exhibit, alongside The De Beers Millennium Star, the world's largest top colour (D) internally and externally flawless pear-shaped diamond at 203.04 carat and The Heart of Eternity, a 27.64 carat heart-cut blue diamond.
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