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26th Sep 2013, 07:55
BBC News - Diamond to be sold by Sotheby's at record price of $60m (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24239268)

A flawless 59.6-carat pink diamond will be auctioned in the Swiss city of Geneva at a record asking price of $60m (38m), Sotheby's auction house says.

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26th Sep 2013, 08:03
Unless another one to make up a pair can be found, the missus won't be interested.

Flap 5
26th Sep 2013, 08:41
The ultimate folly. For people with considerably more money than sense.

26th Sep 2013, 10:05
:) Well, at least it shows! (=the money).

In my mind the bad thing is you have to know it's the one (well, any diamond versus a fake) - to me a well-done glass looks the same :ouch:. Maybe that's why I prefer semi-precious stones - more character and colour.
Must be sour grapes? :p

tony draper
26th Sep 2013, 10:15
Well the colour is only caused by impurities within the carbon,I'd want a proper unsullied one for that price.

26th Sep 2013, 10:40
That is true of other colours but a pink diamond gets the colour from a twist in the crystal matrix.
That's why they are so expensive. If it is cut incorrectly, that internal tension can be released changing the colour from pink to white...

26th Sep 2013, 14:20
Not a fan of pink-does it come in any other colour?

Dak Man
26th Sep 2013, 14:21
in 1996 I was in camp in Jamba Angola when a dishevelled bloke strolled in and offered some diamonds for $50 they were purchased by my boss (RIP Tim) on speculation (to me they looked like the shattered parts of a brake light lens), one turned out to be a red diamond (and I mean blood red not a red hue), probably about 1 carat uncut (about the size of the nail on your pinkie) at the time there were IIRC only 6 other examples know to exist. No idea what ever came of it :ugh::{

26th Sep 2013, 16:24
Not a fan of pink-does it come in any other colour?

Yes, I have a good size one in black, but one has to be careful around an open flame

26th Sep 2013, 16:28
loma wrote:

Yes, I have a good size one in black

Modesty is not one of your better traits, eh loma? :}

26th Sep 2013, 16:42
Whoever buys it will shove it in a vault and hope to sell it in a decade or so for a handsome profit. If he doesn't he is not going to worry about it.

26th Sep 2013, 17:15
"Argyle Pinks"

Beautiful stones.

26th Sep 2013, 18:37
A thought just struck me.

Probes started this thread about Diamonds.

Probes is a female.

Females and diamonds?

Who woulda thought! :}:E

26th Sep 2013, 18:47
Holy cow! What is it today that I'm suspected of all kinds of nastities, and in 2 different threads at that?? :uhoh:

Dak Man
26th Sep 2013, 18:54
RGB: A thought just struck me

First time for everything I suppose.

Regards, your friend, Crepe Man.