Comparatively small, but unhurriedly and completely shaped over billions of years, the Argyle Violet diamond is so rare in color that it has its own exceptional diamond categorization: “Fancy Deep Grayish Blueish Violet.”
Scott West of L.J. West Diamonds Inc, said that a once in a natural life invention. I fell in love with it. We had to have it. West is a diamond searcher, searching for the rarest and most unusually colored stones.
His most current achievement, the 2.83-carat oval Argyle Violet is being display as part of “Diamonds: Rare Brilliance” at the ordinary History Museum of Los Angeles County.
After 40 years in the trade, this is the first time L.J. West, a comprehensive dealership, has been invited to show some of its stock in a museum. But this is a truly outstanding marble, a whole fluke of nature and just the sort of bauble Richard Burton might have once went into Elizabeth Taylor’s Christmas stocking.
The Argyle Violet will be in good, starry company, including the Juliet Pink from South Africa — another and slightly larger diamond from the L.J. West inventory. This rare Elegant Extreme Pink deliberates a massive 30 carats and is set in a glorious necklace.
And it seems that both diamonds are very much for sale. 2016 has been a huge year for colored diamonds.
Sotheby’s claim planet record prices for six various colored diamonds wavering in hue and starts from the Fancy Light Blue ($2 million) to Fancy Vivid Pink ($31 million.)
Christie’s have questionably gone one better than their rivals. This May in Geneva, the public sale set a new world record price for any gemstone: $57.5 million for the 14.6-carat Oppenheimer Blue — almost $4 million dollars a carat.