Spotlight On: The Pumpkin Diamond

With fall among us, what better diamond to talk about than the Pumpkin Diamond? This diamond is an incredible 5.54 carats and is rated in color as Fancy Vivid Orange by the Gemological Institute of America. Sure, this may not be as big of a diamond as other famous diamonds, but it is one of the largest Fancy Vivid Oranges the GIA reports having rated and is incredibly unique compared to other orange diamonds due to its intense light color.

Spotlight On: The Pumpkin Diamond

Originally, the Pumpkin Diamond was mined in Central African Republic and was then imported into South Africa to be sold.  Later the diamond was cut and polished by William Goldberg, then auctioned off at Sotheby’s where Ronald Winston of the House of Harry Winston purchased it for a whopping $1.3 million. You may be asking yourself, “What is this diamond worth now?” The answer: $3 million.

This diamond used to just be called the 5.54 Vivid Orange, which is a little boring, so Winston decided to name it “The Pumpkin Diamond” since he bought it the day before Halloween. After buying the diamond, he had it set in a ring in the middle of two smaller white diamonds. At the 2002 Oscars, Halle Berry wore the ring where she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball.

The Pumpkin Diamond was displayed as part of the Smithsonian’s “The Splendor of Diamonds” exhibit, along with The De Beers Millennium Star, the world’s largest top color (D) internally and externally flawless pear-shaped diamond that is 203.04 carats as well as The Heart of Eternity, which is a 27.64 carat heart-cut blue diamond.

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